Bronx Man Charged with Animal Torture After Allegedly Training Pit Bull with Cats as Bait

Terrance Wallace, a 29-year-old Bronx resident with a lengthy criminal history, faces charges of animal cruelty following his arrest by the NYPD Animal Cruelty Squad. The arrest stems from an incident where Wallace allegedly assaulted another dog, nearly choking it to death with a leash in April. This recent arrest adds to Wallace’s extensive rap sheet, which includes 20 prior arrests.

The disturbing allegations against Wallace extend to his pit bull named China, whom authorities suspect he trained using live cats as bait. China gained notoriety after a viral video surfaced, showing the dog viciously mauling a defenseless cat. The incident shed light on an underground dogfighting ring operating in the Gun Hill and Parkside housing projects in the Bronx, according to Little Wanderers NYC, an animal rescue group.

In the video, a voice believed to be Wallace’s can be heard instructing the dog to attack, prompting outrage and condemnation from animal rights advocates. Wallace faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and torture injury to an animal in connection with this incident.

Despite the pending charges, Wallace’s criminal history paints a troubling picture of repeated run-ins with the law. From robbery arrests to outstanding warrants for drug-related offenses in Maine, Wallace’s disregard for the law and apparent cruelty towards animals has drawn widespread condemnation.

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As Wallace awaits legal proceedings, China, who is reportedly pregnant, is under the care of Animal Care and Control. The fate of both Wallace and China underscores the urgent need for stricter animal cruelty laws and increased efforts to combat underground dogfighting rings, ensuring the safety and welfare of both animals and communities alike

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