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Buffalo man charged with animal cruelty, possessing stolen bulldog

Buffalo police investigating a complaint about a stolen dog charged a Kay Street man early Tuesday with animal cruelty and possession of stolen property, according to a police report.

Gene R. Smith III, 27, was arrested about 2 a.m. after police reported finding a stolen American bulldog at his home in the Kensington-Eggert area, according to the report.

Police also found two dogs in Smith's backyard that officers reported had scarring on their necks in various stages of healing. One of the dogs had a cut on the top of its head and would not put pressure on one of his legs, according to the report. The report did not specify what breed the other two dogs were.

Smith was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty under the state agriculture and markets law.

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