Police confiscate pit pulls

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, August 21, 2008

One of the 10 men arrested in a major law enforcement bust late July had his two pit bulls confiscated Wednesday and may face animal neglect charges, according to Austin Police Chief Paul Philipp.

Philipp said police responded to Philippe Okorie’s Fourth Avenue Northwest home around 10:35 p.m. to find two pit bulls caged in an outdoor kennel without adequate food, water or shelter.

Okorie, 21, had been warned about their care several times already this year, according to the chief, who said that the dogs were barking loudly when authorities arrived.

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Two old cabinets inside the kennel were likely meant for housing for the animals, but one had collapsed, Philipp stated.

A paint pan with a little water was also available for the dogs, he said.

Police took both pit bulls to Austin’s animal shelter. No formal charges have been filed.

Okorie and a second defendant also face a first-degree drug charge for an alleged cocaine deal with a confidential police informant July 25. He has pleaded not guilty.

A total of 10 were charged with drug crimes.