SAN MATEO — Tyler Hill never met a dog he didn't love or one that didn't love him right back.
The 19-year-old San Mateo resident likes dogs so much that he developed a habit as a teenager. Whenever he noticed that someone was mistreating their dog, he would "rescue" the animal by scooping it up, feeding it, plopping it in a box and dropping the pooch off, anonymously, at the Humane Society.
So it was business as usual last month when Hill took it upon himself to take a female pit bull and her litter of eight puppies from his neighbor's house in the city's North-Central neighborhood. The pit bulls, bred to be fighting dogs, were malnourished, neglected and living in filth — at least according to Hill.
But investigators with the Peninsula Humane Society found no such evidence and Hill was thrown in jail and charged with multiple felony counts of grand theft.