Jersey City, New Jersey — A homeless man whose dog was taken away by Jersey City’s animal control officer is demanding its return — but the pet has already been adopted, according to officials.
William C. Leonard Jr., who lives underneath the Shawn Carson and Robert Nguyen Memorial Bridge, claims that Franklin, a beagle/basset hound mix, was given to him and another homeless friend early last month by a man who would sometimes fish under the bridge.
Leonard, 49, a former county and city worker, said the man also gave them a bag of dog food and the dog’s veterinary records.
“I fell in love with him,” Leonard said, describing Franklin as his “friend” and “baby.”
The dog was taken away on Aug. 6 after concerned neighbors noticed the dog tied to a pole for some time in front of 183 Mallory Place, one door down from the EZ-Market Liquor Store, said Joseph Frank, the city’s animal control officer.
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