Driver repeatedly slammed dog on sidewalk until it died, according to police

(ABC 7)
(ABC 7)
(ABC 7)

The LAPD has asked the public for help in finding the driver of a minivan who beat a small dog and threw it against the sidewalk repeatedly until the animal died.

The awful events took place on East First Street in Los Angeles on the afternoon of May 14, according to ABC 7. A witness told police that a small dog jumped out of a minivan.

The driver of the minivan got out and chased down the dog. When he caught the small terrier mix, he punched it and threw it onto the sidewalk repeatedly until it died.

The witness was able to take a photograph of the minivan, but not the driver.

The suspect was described as a white male, weighing around 280 pounds, between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 inches tall, with balding, gray hair, and between 50 and 60 years old.

The vehicle is a 1996 to 2000 Dodge Caravan, silver or grey, with a bike rack.

“It’s a very serious crime, and a felony is punishable by state prison,” Detective Alfredo Reyes with LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force told ABC 7. “If you talk to the people who witnessed this, they’re still troubled by it. They were bothered by what took place and how vicious this person was to this very small dog.”

Anyone with info is asked to call Detective Reyes at (213) 486-0450 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.