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DC Resident Arrested for Cruelty to Animals

Following a Humane Rescue Alliance investigation into alleged physical abuse of a dog, Chester Walker was arrested today on a warrant obtained by HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers and charged with cruelty to animals.

The investigation began on December 25, 2019 when a member of the public called and reported a man was abusing a dog outside of an apartment building. When officers arrived, the dog was bleeding from his mouth and appeared emaciated and listless. 

Walker surrendered the dog, named Hot Dog, to Humane Law Enforcement officers so he could receive proper veterinary care. Upon examination, it was discovered Hot Dog suffered from a total of 21 fractures to his abdomen and chest alone. He also had numerous fractures of his facial bones. All of his fractures were caused by blunt force trauma and were less than four months old.

Hot Dog was also suffering from neurological signs from his trauma and had an infected abscess on his right hip. These severe injuries were causing Hot Dog extreme physical pain.

Hot Dog was quickly placed into a medical foster home where he could receive round-the-clock care. There, he began to gain weight and slowly began to recover from his injuries over a period of months. Now, Hot Dog is healthy and has since been adopted into a new home. 

Our HLE officers are working 24/7, even during COVID-19, to investigate acts of animal cruelty.