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September 19, 2018

Rockford’s Abuser Pleads Guilty


SYRACUSE, NY – The man who abused a pit bull puppy so badly this summer that its jaw was nearly completely severed will be sentenced in November.

The man who abused Rockford, seen here after his rescue, pleaded guilty this week.

The man who abused Rockford, seen here after his rescue, pleaded guilty this week.

Reginald Stepp, 35, of Milton Avenue, Syracuse, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to felony aggravated cruelty to animals.

Stepp faces six months in jail when he returns to in Onondaga County Court next month.

The puppy, Rockford, was rescued early this summer after Stepp came to Absolute Auto and Audio in Fulton to have his vehicle worked on.

Employees discovered the injured and emaciated dog in the vehicle and rescued him. Stepp voluntarily surrendered the animal.

Rockford’s jaw was hanging by just some skin and tissue, his rescuers said.

He was treated at Fruit Valley Veterinarian Clinic and then taken to Cornell for a special surgery to repair his jaw.

The puppy was adopted by Rachel Dean, one of his rescuers and is continuing his recovery.

In July, Rockford went through five and a half hours of surgery.

Cornell surgeons installed plates and screws into both sides of his jaw; six on either side.

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2 Responses “Rockford’s Abuser Pleads Guilty”

  1. Helen J. Milam
    October 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    If only we could stop persons who are abusers from ever having an animal or be near a child—it is all the same thing—power – hurting those that are helpless make these people feel important and the animal (or child) suffers unimaginable trauma. Six months in jail is not enough – being put into a small cage, fed when it is “thought of” and beaten regularly is a more appropriate punishment.

  2. Kevin
    October 26, 2010 at 12:28 am

    Why is the individual in question facing stiffer penalties than David Yoder (The man who pled guilty of inhumanely killing 74 dogs/puppies)?

    How about a potential article regarding unfit punishments?

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