Disclaimer: Ring camera video posted on the Nextdoor app shows acts of animal cruelty that may be disturbing to some viewers.
WASHINGTON, DC – Disturbing video from the Ring doorbell camera posted on the Neighbors app Monday shows a man slamming a leashed dog onto the sidewalk and kicking it in the head after it didn’t managed to follow the man.
Humane Rescue Alliance took inspiration from a generous donor and issued a $2,500 reward for anyone who could provide information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the man seen in the video, who was walking his dog near Pomeroy and Sheridan roads in southeast DC around 6:30 a.m. Monday.
Don Winslow, the bestselling author of ‘The Cartel’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’, pledged an additional $20,000, bringing the total reward to $22,500.
“Hey dog lovers! I need your help,” Winslow said in a message to his official Twitter account Tuesday. “I put $20,000 of that reward into catching that evil bastard so he can never hurt that dog or any other animal again. It’s something we can do together.”
HRA officers are investigating the incident and are asking people to watch their security camera footage from 6am to 8am Monday to see if there are any other videos of the man and his dog available. The call for security footage includes people living on Pomeroy Road, Sheridan Road, Elvans Road, Morris Road, Stanton Road, Maple View Place, Mount View Place and Martin Luther King Jr. Place in the southeast. Anyone with video or additional information about this incident is asked to call HRA at 202-723-5730.
“As a human community, we can have zero tolerance for despicable animal abuse, and we intend to fight cruelty wherever it exists,” said HRA President and CEO Lisa LaFontaine, in a blog post. “Our officers are counting on your guidance to save vulnerable animals and end the cycle of cruelty and violence. We ask anyone with information about this case to please come forward as soon as possible, and hope this award helps .We will not rest until the suspect is apprehended and the dog is in our safe care.”