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Police rescue dog from vacated house

Reynoldsburg police charged a man with animal cruelty after finding a dog caged and abandoned at 8:53 p.m. Nov. 2 in a house in the 6300 block of Brent Court.

The reporting officer said a neighbor reported the residents had moved out at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 1, but he had heard a dog barking from inside ever since. The officer contacted the landlord, who attempted to open the locked doors, but when the keys did not work, the officer climbed through a missing window.

The officer said all of the rooms were cluttered with trash and he found a brown dog that appeared to be a pit bull in a cage. He said the dog was sitting in his own urine and feces, with no food or water. The dog "was visibly shaking" and did not appear to be in good health, with "fur missing from half its body," the officer wrote in the report. He said the dog was very friendly and he and other officers were able to get him out of the cage and into a cruiser to wait for officials from the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

Officers were able to locate the owner, who was told to come to the police station and pick up his citation.

In other recent incident reports from the Reynoldsburg Police Department:

* An armed man wearing a knit cap pulled down over his eyes got away with $350 cash at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 from the Just Off Main Bar, 1371 Hentz Drive. A female employee told detectives she was behind the bar when the man entered through the west door, displayed a black handgun and told her to empty the cash register and put the money in a bag. The woman said the man fled out the same door after she put money in the bag and handed it back.

She described him as black with a lighter complexion, no facial hair, medium build, in his early 20s. She said he was wearing a black sweatshirt, black pants and the black knit cap.

* A man reported someone crashed a car into his house then drove away at about 11 p.m. Nov. 3, in the 1700 block of Kaiser Drive. The man said he heard a crunching noise, but did not notice any damage until a relative pointed it out.

The reporting officer said there were tread marks on the road where the car tried to stop, then a track up the driveway to the house. He said there was minor damage to the house and damaged bricks on the garage.

* A man installing a security camera in his garage in the 8300 block of Tributary Lane said he was robbed at gunpoint Nov. 3. He said a black man with a thin build wearing a hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head pointed a handgun at him and demanded his wallet. He said the man got away with about $260 cash.

* Police charged a man with child endangering Nov. 8 at his residence on Chalfield Court after an administrator from Slate Ridge Elementary School said the bus driver had to bring his kindergartener back to the school three times in less than a month because her dad failed to meet her at the bus stop.

The man told police he works nights and sometimes does not hear the alarm in time to pick up the child. Police notified Franklin County Children Services about the man's charges.

* A woman was charged with harboring a pit bull at 6:14 p.m. Nov. 1 when officers found her walking the dog in the 1500 block of Davidson Drive. The woman told police the dog was a Presa Canario mixed with a Cane Corso and that she had been walking the dog for 15 months and no one had ever stopped her.

The reporting officer photographed the dog and met with the dog warden at Franklin County Dog Shelter who confirmed that the dog looked like a pit bull. The woman told police she had contacted her attorney and would request a hearing.

* A woman reported the driver's side window of her car was smashed between 7:55 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6 while it was parked at a business in the 2000 block of Merchant Drive. A Coach purse was taken from the passenger's seat and someone open and went through the center console of her car.

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