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Harvey man charged with abusing dogs

Cook County Sheriff's office phodog taken from house south suburban Harvey.

Cook County Sheriff's office photo of a dog taken from a house in south suburban Harvey.

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Updated: June 13, 2013 6:51PM



A Harvey man has been charged with animal cruelty after eight dogs, one of which was dead, were found inside his home during an eviction, according to Cook County sheriff’s police.

William Roberson, 37, was charged with two felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals, eight misdemeanor counts of violating a pet owner’s duties and one misdemeanor count of cruelty to animals, sheriff’s police said.

They said officers enforcing a court-ordered eviction Thursday in the first block of 151st Street found seven pit bulls and a Chihuahua inside Roberson’s house.

The sheriff’s police Animal Crimes Unit arrived about 9:25 a.m. and found one dog dead in the basement and two that were emaciated — one that could not walk because of a leg injury and another in a crate outside the home, police said. They said the other dogs appeared to be in better condition.

There was no indication of dogfighting at the home, police said.

The South Suburban Humane Society took custody of the dogs and took them for veterinary treatment, according to police.

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