Allegations of dog abuse were reported in Hartford, and after a fight escalated on Tuesday between the accuser and the accused, Channel 3 made the decision to call 911.
Channel 3 was made aware that there was a possible case of animal abuse on Colonial Street in Hartford.
Victoria Cyr, of Hartford, said she saw a dog with gaping wounds on his nose and head and was left with no food or water.
"It's so sad like how can you do that and be so hateful. It's just such a hateful act,” Cyr said, but she said her friend witnessed even more. "I guess she didn't see him standing there and she brought a rod...he said it was a good 4 feet long...about this thick metal rod and just cracked the dog over the head with it."
Cyr called police and contacted Channel 3, and when our crew arrived, they started filming two pit bulls, including one that appeared injured.
That is when the owner came outside.
“They're not being abused. They fight each other. Do not record me. You don't have my permission to record me,” Carla Jeffries is heard saying on camera.
Jeffries then confronted Cyr, who was at a neighbor’s apartment, but the altercation quickly got heated and screaming and threats of violence went on for minutes.
When things started to escalate even further, the Channel 3 crew called 911.
Police quickly arrived, along with animal control.
The injured dog was taken for medical attention, but officers suspect the wounds are from the other pit bull. They did take Jeffries into custody for the fight.
Jeffries, who has no criminal record, was charged with breach of peace and second-degree threatening.
If the veterinarian determines the pit bull was abused, Jeffries could face more charges.
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