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Two charged with animal cruelty in decapitation of dog

Updated: October 10, 2012 9:01AM

A 16-year-old boy allegedly chopped the head off a dog and tried to pull a tooth out of its head last week on the West Side after a dogfight, police said.

The boy and a 24-year-old man who owned the dog have been charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty in connection with incident.

Police responded about 6:20 p.m. Monday to an alley in the 5400 block of West Gladys Avenue and found the headless dog, police News Affairs Sgt. Antoinette Ursitti said.

The 16-year-old boy allegedly admitted chopping the dog’s head off and trying to pull a tooth from the dog’s head after he allegedly had the animal in a dogfight, according to a police report.

The boy said he left the dog in the alley, according to the report.

The teen, a Chicago resident, was charged with one felony count of aggravated cruelty to an animal and one felony count of animal torture, a release from police News Affairs said. He is being charged as a juvenile.

While police were conducting a follow-up investigation it led to the animal’s owner, Derrick Hargrett, 24, of the 5400 block of West Van Buren, police said.

Hargrett was charged in a warrant with three counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals and three misdemeanor counts of animal owner duties (first violation).

Grand Central Area detectives are investigating.

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