Man is arrested after freeing dogs

September 02, 1991

The Pied Piper of Hampden was busy at work Saturday afternoon.

At least that is what some residents of North Baltimore must have thought when they saw a man leading about 50 dogs up Falls Road toward Roosevelt Park. Once in the park, the man began picking flowers and feeding them to the dogs, who obediently ate them from his hand.

But the idyllic episode was soon interrupted when Northern District police arrested Jesus Gonzalez, 23, of the 3500 block of Buena Vista Avenue, and charged him with letting loose the dogs from the nearby kennels of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, 3300 Falls Road.

He was held in lieu of $1,500 bond on charges of assault, malicious destruction and trespassing.

Police said the suspect, who was apparently intoxicated, entered the kennels and began opening cages. When employees tried to stop him, he pushed them out of the room and left the building as the dogs followed him to the park a block away.

The animals were rounded up and returned to the kennels.

"The animals apparently were hungry," said Sgt. Trina Green.

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