Two men were foiled in their attempt to start a dogfight by allegedly stealing or finding two "clean" pit bulls that had no injuries or wounds. They also had a female pit bull that they slashed with a box cutter so that the wounds and blood would arouse and incite the two other dogs.
When a Quality of Life Team from the Essex County Sheriff's Office saw the two men walking out of the the woods in Newark's Branch Brook Park at 8 p.m. they stopped them. Officers Giuseppe Forgione and David Cohen saw them walking 3 pit bulls and tying up a bleeding dog. The two male pit bulls were seen pulling at their leashes to get at the injured dog.
Thorne Wright admitted slashing the female with a box cutter. Both fellas had blood on their pants. The officers arrested the adult male on the spot and a 17 year old juvenile was released to his mother and was not charged.
A Society Animal Control Officer was immediately dispatched to the scene to rescue the two pit bulls that were locked together in a death-defying grip. Off to the side was the extremely sweet, docile female pit bull that had been slashed by a box cutter to start her bleeding. The law enforcement officers advised that the blood from her injuries will arouse and incite the two other dogs and they would have probably killed her. Luckily, this sweet pit is gentle, loving and in our care.
After a brief stint on News 12 New Jersey, the Society was contacted by a woman who advised that one of the male dogs allegedly belongs to her. The NJ SPCA is currently investigating the situation. The Sheriff's Office has arrested 21 year old Thorne Wright who gave a Lakehurst address and a Newark address. Wright also has an open warrant for receiving stolen property.
All dogs are at the Society's Newark Animal Care Center. The injured female has been given all necessary veterinary care and now waits for a new home at the end of this torturous affair. We call her Honey File N-86748-F. If you are interested in giving this sweet lady a life of love and care, please contact us and reference her file number.
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