The Washington Humane Society is leading the search for a man they say dropped a cement block on a 6-month-old puppy's head and killed it last week in Northeast - one of three attacks on dogs since mid-June that local authorities are investigating.
The three attacks, one in Prince George's County on June 20 and two more in D.C. and Fairfax County on June 29, killed two dogs and left another one with stab wounds.
Cement block kills puppy in Northeast
Humane Society officials say the incident happened behind the Circle Seven Express at 1209 Mount Olivet Road NE on the morning June 29. They say the puppy, named King Tut, was sleeping when the suspect dropped a large piece of cement on its head.
"This is truly one of the most horrific acts of animal cruelty I have seen in my 20-year career," Washington Humane Society Vice President Scott Giacoppo said. "No animal deserves to suffer such a painful and unspeakable death."
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black man in his late 20s with a medium build.
"(I) hate to see that happen to any animal," dog owner Jake Rake said. "I have four pets at home and love them to death, and I can't see why anyone would do something like that."
A reward of $2,500 is being offered by the Humane Society for information leading to the arrest of a suspect.
We are withholding publishing an image of King Tut in this story, but you can find it by clicking here to see the wanted poster. WARNING: The image on the poster is graphic and upsetting.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Society's emergency line at (202) 723-5730.
Fairfax County pit bull stabbed
Another attack on a dog in the same day is being investigated by Fairfax County Police. Officials say that Cane, a 15-month-old pit bull, was found stabbed in the 5300 block of Rolling Hills Avenue last Friday as well.
Authorities are now searching for the person who stabbed Cane in the neck. The pit bull was turned over to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter because his owners were unable to cover his medical costs.
Information about this stabbing can be directed toward Crime Solvers at 1 (866) 411-TIPS.
Dog burned in Fort Washington
The third incident happened on June 20, when a small dog was found completely burned in the 12500 block of Proxmire Drive in Fort Washington. The dog was burned so badly that officials have been unable to positively identify it.
Animal control officials believe that it was a Miniature Pinscher or Chihuahua, but it was not wearing owner identification or a microchip when it was found. Duct tape was also fount on the ear and one side of the dog's body.
"Cases like this show a callous disregard for life and the perpetrator represents a threat to both the animals and the people in our community," Samuel Wynkoop Jr., the director of the county's Department of Environmental Resources, said.
A $2,500 reward is being offered in this case as well. Anyone with information is asked to call Animal Services at (301) 780-7241.