Residents of an Aliquippa neighborhood said a neighbor hung up a flag with a swastika after they complained about his dogs.
Channel 11's Renee Kaminski reported that the man had the flag hanging on the front porch of his Main Street home Monday morning.
One neighbor said the pit bulls are often left alone for days, and they recently chased a mailman down the street.
“He tells people around the neighborhood that he’s proud of his vicious dogs. I’m afraid for my kids’ safety and my own safety,” an anonymous parent said.
Three different parents told Kaminski that they’re afraid to let their children play outside because of the dogs.
“It’s terrible, absolutely terrible,” another parent said. “It’s terrible that somebody would actually do that in this day and age especially because I haven’t taught my kids like that.”
Kaminski knocked on the man’s door, but no one answered. She said she could hear the pit bulls barking within seconds of knocking on the door.
She eventually spoke to the man on the phone and he claims his dogs have never gotten loose and that the flag has been taken down. The man also said he didn’t hang the flag in the first place. He claims someone else did.
Aliquippa police said they have been called to the man’s house before for reports of loose dogs, but they’ve never seen them out of their fence. Officials also said the man did not violate any laws by having the flag hanging.