Investigators: 2 Men Who Intended To Rescue Dogs Actually Stole - New York News

Investigators: 2 Men Who Intended To Rescue Dogs Actually Stole

Posted: Updated:
DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. -

Two Delaware County men may have intended to rescue abused dogs and place them in good homes, but police say they were actually stealing dogs from their owners.

One owner tells FOX 29 he felt threatened into giving up his puppy.

Oren Barzski adopted his pit bull puppy "Rocky" from the Philadelphia SPCA. Rocky lived at a used car lot owned by Barzski's family until last November, when he says two men showed up and ordered him to hand over the dog.

Barzski says one of the men told him he was a police officer and his tone was threatening.

"It was kind of like I had to give up the dog, I didn't really have a choice," Barzski said.

Investigators say the men, 37-year-old Russell Harper and 44-year-old Robert Lewis, are now facing charges in connection to taking the dog. FOX 29 attempted to contact Harper on Wednesday, but no one answered his door.

The two run an organization called "Justice Rescue." According to their website, the organization takes animals from the hands of their abusers. Police, however, accuse them of breaking the law.

Rocky may not be the only pet the two allegedly took. Investigators say the pair would sometimes leave behind a fake notice of investigation.

Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Barbara Paul says she takes the issue very seriously and says that while the two men may have good intentions, they aren't above the law.

"As much as we all want to protect animals in the city, you have to do it legally," Paul said.

In Rocky's case, the SPCA tells FOX 29 he was not abused or mistreated and was in good health.

The DA's office wants to hear from any potential victims. If you've had any experience with the men, you're asked to call the SPCA.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Another company to give family free cruise

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Family of 5-year-old with cancer upset with cruise line

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:52 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:52:08 GMT
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
    A Long Island family is upset that a cruise line won't accommodate them after their 5-year-old son had to have emergency surgery for cancer. Nicolas Colucci and the rest of his family was supposed to go on a cruise on the Norwegian Breakaway. They did not buy travel insurance, so Norwegian says they cannot rebook the cruise so close to departure. The CEO of a rival cruise line saw their story and reached out to the Colucci family to offer them a free cruise.
  • Hudson River Sloop Clearwater

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Pete Seeger's environmental legacy lives on

    Friday, July 25 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-07-25 22:16:30 GMT
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
    American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger's passion for music and the environment embodied who he was every single day of his life. In 1966, Seeger co-founded the organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater. Ever since, Seeger's 106-foot-long sloop, Clearwater, has been sailing up and down the Hudson River to educate and inspire children to protect the environment.
  • Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Eric Garner's family seeks federal probe of police custody death

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-07-25 21:46:48 GMT
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
    Family members of a man who died in police custody, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others met with federal prosecutors Friday to press for an investigation into the death. An amateur video shows a plainclothes police officer placing Garner in what appears be a chokehold last week while arresting him on Staten Island. The 43-year-old Garner can be heard gasping, "I can't breathe!" Chokeholds are banned under New York Police Department policy.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices