Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for information on the suspect who broke into an animal shelter and stole two pit bulls rescued from a dogfighting ring northern New Jersey.
Paterson animal control officer John DeCando told The Record newspaper holes were cut in the shelter's outside fence and the dogs' cages. DeCando says the dogs were targeted in the theft, which was either early Tuesday or late Monday.
The dogs were rescued May 1 from a fight in a building on 16th Street in Paterson. One man was charged with animal fighting and two others were charged with animal cruelty.
The dogs are both black/gray male pit bulls between 45 and 50 pounds.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the Paterson Police Department at 973-523-TIPS.