Police in Rome find man grilling a dog: was it a dog or a coyote?

Rome, NY – A man spotted cooking a dog on a grill last week in the city of Rome is being investigated for animal cruelty.

The resident said the animal was a coyote, not a dog, the Rome Police Department and Rome animal control officials said in a press release.

Officers could not tell if the animal was a coyote or a domestic dog. The carcass was seized by animal control officers and sent to Cornell University for testing to determine if it was a dog.

Animal cruelty charges will be filed if tests determine the dead animal was a dog, police said.

Officers responded to Third Street just after 4 p.m. Wednesday to investigate an animal cruelty appeal. Upon arrival, officers spoke with a man who was cooking a dead dog on a makeshift grill in his backyard, Lt. Sharon Rood said.

The man – whose name has not been released – was cooperative and said the animal on the grill was a coyote, police said. No dog reported lost in the Rome area in the past year matched the size and weight of the dead dog, police said.

It is legal to hunt and trap coyotes in upstate New York, according to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. A license is required.

The investigation remains open.

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