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Two arrested in pit bull shooting

Two Crofton residents have been arrested and charged with shooting their friend’s pit bull, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Anne Arundel County police say 25-year-old Phillip Balboni and 21-year-old Sarah Tavanello called the owner Feb. 25 to say they couldn’t care for the dog. The dog’s owner, who was recovering from surgery, told them it would take three or four hours to pick up the dog. Police say Tavanello and Balboni told the owner that was too long.

Balboni took the pit bull down a trail in Patuxent Ponds Park in Odenton and shot the dog three times, police said. A witness found the dog dead about 6 p.m. after hearing the gunshots and a dog yelping.

Balboni was arrested Monday on animal cruelty and weapons charges. Tavanello is charged with animal cruelty.


Comment from baltimoregal
Time March 12, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I hope that there is a serious reaction to these charges. These people deserve jail time for this cruel and terrible behavior.

Comment from Anne-n-Spencer
Time March 12, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I’m with you! I certainly hope they get more than a slap on the wrist. They could have turned the dog in to a shelter.