Hempstead Town worker accused of torturing, starving pit bull

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A Town of Hempstead employee is accused of torturing and starving his 4-year-old pit bull.

Police say Maurice Hankins, of Massapequa, was arrested on Wednesday.

Authorities say in February, the 36-year-old left his pit bull tied up outside a Roosevelt home in the cold weather, with no food, water or shelter.

Hankins is a heavy equipment operator for Hempstead Town.

Hankins is facing several charges, including torturing an animal.

The dog was rushed to a shelter for life saving emergency surgery.

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