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Homeless Man Who Lives Under Bridge In Jersey City Wants His Dog Back

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William Leonard, a Jersey City homeless man whose dog has been taken away, breaks down and cries as he talks about how much he misses his dog Franklin. Photo By Reena Rose Sibayan

By Karina Arrue for The Jersey Journal

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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Gourmet Dog Treats
10 years ago

The animal control officer did his duty, for the sake of dog and he is correct. But like any animal lover William was also very much attached to his dog, may be his only happy thing in his hopeless life (poor guy). He can relax that his buddy is in a happy home. One thing made me laugh is that, an animal spotted tied to a pole down the liquor store was rescued and adopted, Great. A man who leaves under the bridge was left behind. I hope one day animals also start adopting homeless humans, LOL.

Gourmet Dog Treats
10 years ago

The animal control officer did his duty, for the sake of dog and he is correct. But like any animal lover William was also very much attached to his dog, may be his only happy thing in his hopeless life (poor guy). He can relax that his buddy is in a happy home. One thing made me laugh is that, an animal spotted tied to a pole down the liquor store was rescued and adopted, Great. A man who leaves under the bridge was left behind. I hope one day animals also start adopting homeless humans, LOL.

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