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Report: Man Charged With Weapons In Ramsey Once Slit Dog's Throat

Joseph T. Zych mugshots
Joseph T. Zych mugshots Photo Credit: COURTESY: Ramsey PD (right), Porter Township PD (2008)

RAMSEY, N.J. -- A Louisiana man who Ramsey police said they found with a bunch of weapons in his pickup truck after a Route 17 restaurant patron said he threatened to use them was accused of slitting a dog's throat in Indiana several years ago.

Joseph T. Zych 38, of Duson, LA was being held on $50,000 bail in the Bergen County Jail, charged various weapons offenses.

Police Chief Bryan Gurney said his officers seized:

• A Taurus .44 Magnum handgun;

• Two Browning Arms 9mm pistols with hollow-point bullets;

• An AR 15 rifle;

• Two speeds loaders with 44 magnum hollow point bullets;

• Two illegal knives;

• A set of handcuffs.

Seven years ago, police in the Indiana town of Porter Township said Zych "flipped out" and slit the throat of a large black rottweiler, killing the pet, at a friend's home.

He was later arrested on an unrelated drunk driving warrant, they said.

Sgt. Michael Parise and Officers Jeffery Guilfoyle, Anthony Fiore and Robert McMackin responded to the Chili's at 10:49 p.m. Tuesday on a call from a patron.

They found Zych drunk outside near his 2001 Dodge Ram, the chief said.

They spotted an empty pistol holster between the driver seat and center console, he said.

McMackin then obtained a search warrant from a judge, Gurney said.

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