Investigators: 2 Men Who Intended To Rescue Dogs Actually Stole - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

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 NewsMore>>

  • 1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    1 Female Employee Dead, Multiple People Injured From Shooting At Darby Wellness Center

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:16 PM EDT2014-07-24 20:16:06 GMT
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.
    We are following breaking news in Darby, Pa. where one person is dead and multiple people are injured from a shooting at a Wellness Center.

  • Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Arrest Made In Fatal Camden Hit And Run

    Thursday, July 24 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-24 15:45:20 GMT
    Surveillance Footage: Camden County Police DepartmentSurveillance Footage: Camden County Police Department

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

    According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office Facebook page an arrest has been made in the fatal hit and Run that took place Saturday night.

  • CLOUDS TO SUN THURSDAY

    Thursday, July 24 2014 9:52 AM EDT2014-07-24 13:52:31 GMT

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs today remain in the mid 80s. 

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Thursday, early clouds will lead to afternoon sun as highs remain in the mid 80s. We stay dry Friday with lower humidity and sunny skies. We warm back up near 90 for the weekend with unsettled weather returning by late Saturday.

    Thursday: H-85 L-72

    Friday: H-86 L-65

    This Weekend

    Saturday: H-88 L-64

    Sunday: H-91 L-73

Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

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