City police say man used dog in assault

GLOVERSVILLE – City police say they arrested a man early this morning after he sicced his pit bull on three people, resulting in injuries.

Omar B. VanNess, 34, of 6 Fifth St., was arrested by city police and charged with second-degree assault, a felony, three counts of second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault.

Police said officers responded to 6 Cherry St. for the initial report of two males fighting inside the residence, having smashed beer bottles over each other’s heads.

After an investigation, police said, it was determined that VanNess, a temporary resident of that address, had allegedly released his dog, a pit bull, toward other people inside the apartment after having a verbal dispute with one of the other people.

The dog then attacked a woman attempting to leave the apartment, biting her multiple times in the leg and causing multiple punctures and lacerations to her leg, which required stitches, authorities said.

Police said two men were bitten by the same dog in the incident.

VanNess was taken into custody without incident after an animal control hearing in City Court to determine if the animal was a danger, police said.

He was taken to the station for processing and arraigned before City Court Judge Traci DiMezza and sent to the Fulton County Correctional Facility.

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