PATERSON - A Paterson man is facing animal cruelty charges after his pit bull was found dead and chained to a fence. Paterson Chief Animal Control Officer John DeCando says neighbors reported seeing the dog out in the heat. One neighbor said off camera that she thinks the dog was chained to a backyard fence for at least a week, left without a sufficient amount of food or water. Paterson's chief animal control officer now wants to change the law so dog owners would be prohibited from tying up their dogs in the backyard. For now though, he says residents should call animal control if they see a pet tied up for a long period of time.

To watch an extended interview with Officer John DeCando, click on iO Extra on Channel 612.