Police remove 16 pit bulls from Tremont home; now charges filed against owner

Police confiscated 16 pit bulls from a home on 185th Street in Tremont.

In the home's backyard, police found separate stalls that contained metal chains bolted to the wall, thick canvas collars and large feeding bowls. Police say most of the dogs were only about a year old and had scars. Neighbors say they heard loud barking constantly coming from the home.

Although animal control officials say the stalls may have been built to train the pit bulls to fight, the owner, Julio Rosa, has not been charged. According to police, Rosa was not charged with animal cruelty because he fed the dogs and provided them with shelter. There were also no signs of animal cruelty.

The pit bulls have now been placed in animal shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan, where they are up for adoption. Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs can call the Animal Control Center at (212) 722-3620.

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