Gloversville man allegedly set pit bull on three others

Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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— A Gloversville man accused of siccing his pit bull on guests at a Cherry Street apartment is facing assault and other charges following an investigation.

One unidentified victim of the July 5 incident was bitten several times, suffered puncture wounds and lacerations and required "multiple stitches," according to a news release from the Gloversville Police Department.

Omar B. VanNess, 34, of 6 Fifth St., was charged with second-degree assault, a felony; three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and one count of third-degree assault, all misdemeanors.

Police said officers were called to 6 Cherry St. July 5 for a report of two males fighting and learned they had smashed beer bottles over each other’s heads.

Witnesses told police that VanNess had a verbal argument with somebody at the apartment before releasing his dog. The dog attacked the woman as she attempted to leave and then attacked two other males at the scene, according to police.

VanNess was arraigned in Gloversville City Court and sent to the Fulton County Jail.

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July 17, 2013
4:26 p.m.
ramos12304 says...

This is just one more pitbull that will be put down because of the owner's stupidity!! Owners like that are what give the breed a bad rep. They are sweet dogs when raised and trained correctly!!

July 17, 2013
5:38 p.m.
jonw757 says...

All dogs are sweet when raised and trained properly, not just Pit Bulls..

July 17, 2013
6:30 p.m.
ramos12304 says...

You are absolutely correct with that! I wasn't implying that they weren't. It's just that lately pitbulls have been getting the short end of the stick and I find it sad. All dogs have the ability to be sweethearts and the potential to be vicious. Proper training is the key to how a dog behaves. It's just a shame that too many people judge by the breed and not the character of the dog itself (and that goes for more than just pitbulls).

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