A Humane Rescue Alliance investigation into suspected animal cruelty in SE DC led to the rescue of an abused dog today under a search and seizure warrant obtained by HRA Humane Law Enforcement officers.
The investigation began when a member of the public reported a man had repeatedly physically abused his dog with a piece of wood as punishment for the dog barking or urinating in the crate in which he was confined. When HRA officers arrived on scene, they located the dog in the small crate and recovered the piece of wood suspected to have been used in the abuse. HRA officers named the dog Drako.
“It was clear on scene that Drako lived in fear of his owner, as the dog would shudder every time the suspect moved close to him or raised his voice,” said Chris Schindler, vice president of field services at the Humane Rescue Alliance. “Once out of the apartment where he suffered the brutal beatings, he visibly relaxed and begged for the attention of our officers. We look forward to giving Drako the love and care he deserves while continuing to investigate this case.”
The case remains under investigation. Drako is in the care of HRA, where he will be thoroughly examined by a veterinarian and receive any necessary medical treatment.