Last month, a witness saw a man in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, purposely kill a Yorkshire Terrier. The dog had escaped a minivan in which it was riding when the driver got out of the van, chased down the dog and beat it to death.
The crime was so cruel that a reward was offered in hopes of capturing the criminal. The news caught the eye of bassist Geezer Butler of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. Geezer, an animal advocate who supports such causes as Stop Puppy Mills and Kitten Rescue, has since donated $2,500 to the reward being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the dog killer, according to MynewsLA.com.
Los Angeles Councilman Paul Koretz first offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Social Compassion in Legislation and Davey’s Voice contributed another $10,000 to the reward fund and Butler added $2,500, bringing the total reward to $22,500, according to MynewsLA.com.
The witness told police the man, who was described as being 6-feet-2 and about 280 pounds, punched the little dog a number times and threw it down onto the sidewalk before getting back into his van and taking off, MynewsLA.com reports. He had balding gray hair and was estimated to be between 50 and 60 years old. He was last seen driving a gray Dodge Caravan with an off color bumper, which police say could have come from a pick-your-part junkyard. Other notable features about the van were the off-color passenger doors as well.
“There aren’t many words to describe what took place on May 14, but a barbaric act is the best way to describe what took place,” Detective Alfredo Reyes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force said in a Facebook Live video posted by animal advocate and journalist Jane Velez-Mitchell.
“We need the public’s help. We are looking for this individual who killed this Yorkie on 1st street and the 101 freeway on May 14,” Reyes said in the Facebook Live video. “We are spending a great deal of time trying to locate this van and we need the public’s help.”
If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Det. Alfredo Reyes of the the Los Angeles Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force, (213) 486-0450. You can also call Crime Stoppers at (800)-222-8477.