New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce has been accused of neglecting one of his dogs by the Middlesex County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The organization that investigates animal abuse cases issued the court complaint. They said that Pierce’s two pit bulls escaped from his yard on January 30, and the summons was issued because one of the dogs was found to be underweight and suffering from a respiratory illness.
Walt Mychalchyk, chief of the agency, said the neglect charge carries a fine upon conviction, and said, “Both dogs are now in a kennel. They are back in his (Pierce’s) custody, but he has them in a kennel. I checked on them the other day, and both dogs are doing well. The summons charges that Mr. Pierce failed to provide proper food, water and veterinarian care.”
Mychalchyk added that Pierce was not being charged with anything dog fighting related.
Pierce declined to comment, and it is unclear who was watching the dogs while he was in Arizona preparing for the Super Bowl.
Source: The Star-Ledger