Man Jailed For Shooting Pit Bull

LINDEN – A Linden man was arrested for disorderly conduct and various weapons charges after he allegedly shot a pit bull that had reportedly attacked his pet pug dog, police said.

Richard J. Rotkiewicz, 62, was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, unlawful discharge of a weapon within city limits, and disorderly conduct. His bail was set at $22,500.00 cash and he was sent to the Union County Jail, pending a court date.


Officers responded to a report of shots fired near Roselle Street and Monmouth Avenue on Sunday, April 4 at 12:35 a.m. The officers found a dead gray pit bull on the sidewalk in front of a building on the 600 block of Roselle Street.

Rotkiewicz was standing over the dog and told officers that he shot it with his legally-registered handgun, police said. The suspect told the officers that two pit bulls had attacked him and his dog, police said. The black dog reportedly ran away.

Police seized a Ruger .357 magnum as evidence. The deceased dog had a collar, but was not wearing an identification tag, police said.

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