Hillsboro man arrested on animal abuse charge

Hillsboro man arrested on animal abuse charge
Kaluah, an injured pit bull, is pictured in this photo released by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

HILLSBORO, Ore. - After someone reported a man abusing his pit bull, officers arrested the owner Monday night after finding the dog injured and blood smeared on the man's hands and shoes, Hillsboro police said.

It all started when police responded to the man's home at 860 N.E. Sunrise Lane in Hillsboro about 9:20 p.m. to investigate the abuse report, police said.

The resident, 22-year-old Brandon Matthew Nagy of Hillsboro, initially told officers he did not own a dog, police said. Later, he admitted he had a dog, and it was found in the garage with injuries to its head and tail area, police said. Officers also noticed blood on Nagy.

Police believe the man kicked the dog and threw it up against a shed in his backyard.

While checking his home, officers found an AK-47 rifle under his bed, police said. Because Nagy has a conviction for a prior felony drug charge, he was lodged in the Washington County jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm - in addition to second-degree animal abuse.

The dog, named Kaluah, was taken to DoveLewis pet hospital, where it was treated for its injuries and placed in the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Washington County.