Happy news about animals
A Brooklyn man accused of dog-napping a litter of pit bull puppies in Stapleton over the weekend could face up to 15 years in the pound.
Cops say Joshua McKinney, 20, kicked in the front door of Jeanette Roman’s Canal Street home Saturday afternoon, wrapped seven 3-day-old pit bulls in a blanket and ran.
Ms. Roman gave chase, and police caught up with McKinney on Tompkins Street, according to cops
McKinney then threw the puppies to the ground and tried to run, but was apprehended by police.
Ms. Roman told the Advance Saturday that she knew McKinney from the neighborhood, and at one time invited him into her home because he didn’t have a place to live. She said she booted him out when items started disappearing from her home.
Ms. Roman said her pit bull, Pee Wee, gave birth to 15 puppies four days prior, and 10 survived. Although the seven pups were returned to their mother, three remained unaccounted for.
Authorities charged McKinney with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.
If convicted at trial of the burglary charge, a class-C violent felony, McKinney could face a determinate sentence of 3 1/2 to 15 years in prison.
He’s currently being held on $10,000 bail on Rikers Island.