Pittsburgh Animal Control officer charged with animal cruelty


A City of Pittsburgh Animal Care and Control employee is facing multiple animal cruelty charges.

According to Pittsburgh Public Safety, video showed a pit bull sustained injuries while it was being transferred from a city Animal Control vehicle to Humane Animal Rescue.

After reviewing the video, Pittsburgh Police charged James Genco with aggravated cruelty to animal - felony 3, cruelty to animal M2, and cruelty to animal summary offense.

"This is a disturbing and unfortunate incident, but it is not reflective of the dedicated work our Animal Care and Control officers do each and every day to protect and care for all animals in the City of Pittsburgh," said Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich.

The incident happened on March 17 of this year when two dogs were left unattended in a vehicle in the Strip District. Two Animal Control officers removed the dogs from the vehicle.

According to WPXI's Amy Hudak, Genco was place on paid leave when the investigation started. She also reported that the dog suffered "severe bleeding, broken tail, broken teeth, rupture vessels in both eyes, lacerations and abrasions on paws."