Petition Seeks Upgraded Charges For Man Accused Of Strangling Pit Bull

Sophia Hall
September 12, 2019 - 1:09 pm
Huynh Toquoc

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CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — Hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition the have the charges against a man accused of killing a pit bull upgraded.

Outside a courthouse in Central Islip on Thursday, emotions ran high as dozens of animal lovers came to support the pit bull, Rex.

“He made our house into a home,” said Rex’s owner, Alana Greenfield. “He gave me purpose.”

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Rex was attacked by two other dogs inside Greenfield’s apartment complex in Hauppauge back in July.

Huynh Toquoc, the owner of one of the dog’s that Greenfield says attacked her dog, jumped in to try to break up the fight, focusing on Rex and strangling the pit bull to death.

Greenfield emphasized that Rex was not the aggressor in the dog fight.

“I just hate that the last thing he may have had to see was that guy’s eyes,” Greenfield said.

Nearly 300,000 people signed a petition to try and urge the Suffolk County district attorney to levy upgraded charged against Toquoc.

Currently, he faces a misdemeanor charge, to which he pleaded not guilty.

His attorney says Toquoc was simply trying to protect his dog from Rex.