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Michael Giano, of Branford, was arrested in connection with an abandoned pitbull was found near a dumpster in East Haven in January. (East Haven Police Department) Michael Giano, of Branford, was arrested in connection with an abandoned pitbull was found near a dumpster in East Haven in January. (East Haven Police Department)
Menace the pit bull was left abandoned in East Haven. (WFSB file) Menace the pit bull was left abandoned in East Haven. (WFSB file)
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EAST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A 28-year-old man was arrested in connection with an abandoned pit bull was found near a dumpster in East Haven in January.

Michael Giano, of Branford, was cruelty to animals, failure to vaccinate and failure to comply with ownership requirements.

The arrest of Giano came after a dog was abandoned at the Breezewood Condominiums, 130 Coe Ave.  on Jan. 10.  Police said the animal was “inside an unsecured crate without food, water or protection from the elements.”  

To help with the investigation, police took to Facebook and released photos of the animal to locate the dog’s owner. PETA even offered a reward for an arrest in the case

During their investigation, police determined that the dog’s name was “Menace” and it was owned by Giano.

When Giano talked with police, he admitted to leaving the dog at the Breezewood Condominiums because “Menace was aggressive, even towards himself.”

Giano was at court on other charges and was arrested for crimes against Menace.  

Police said that if Giano had turned Menace over to police or the animal shelter, the dog "would have accepted him immediately with no questions asked." 

Menace remains at the East Haven Animal shelter and "is undergoing intensive training to help socialize him with the hopes of him being adoptable one day."

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