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Laurel, MD Man Arrested for Animal Cruelty

James Johnson of Laurel, MD, was arrested today on a warrant obtained by Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) Humane Law Enforcement Officers for animal cruelty. The Humane Rescue Alliance offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of a man seen in surveillance video striking a dog, pulling her from under a car, and leaving her in a liquor store parking lot. Information provided by the public led HRA Humane Law Enforcement Officers to Mr. Johnson.

On Friday, January 4th, HRA received a call about a dog who had been abandoned at Skip’s Liquor Store and Laundromat in NE. the dog had significant injuries to all four legs. The dog was taken to HRA’s medical center where she is recuperating from her injuries. One of the dog’s digits needed to be amputated and one of her legs was so severely injured it remains in danger of needing to be amputated as well.

“Members of our community really came through in this case and were as outraged as we were about how this dog was treated,” said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA. “The depth and severity of this dog’s exposed wounds strongly suggests that she endured extraordinary pain. Animal cruelty can never be tolerated, and we hope justice will be served in this case.”

Johnson was arrested by Prince George's County Sheriff’s Deputies yesterday and is being held on additional charges of second degree assault and false imprisonment. Once Prince George's County charges are resolved, Johnson will be arraigned in DC on charges of animal cruelty.

Tips were received by four different people who all provided the same information. Photos were obtained of the suspect and were shown to an eyewitness who was on the scene during the incident and confirmed that Mr. Johnson was the man in the surveillance video.


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