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A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man who killed a small dog in the Westlake area earlier this month.

The Los Angeles Police Department, the office of City Councilman Paul Koretz, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Social Compassion in Legislation and Davey’s Voice — a Santa Barbara-based anti-animal cruelty organization — are joining together to sponsor the reward. The groups will hold a press conference Wednesday at City Hall to appeal for any possible witnesses to the crime to come forward.

The killing took place around 1:30 p.m. on May 14 in the 1600 block of East First Street, according to the LAPD.

A witness told police he saw a small dog jump out of Dodge Caravan. The driver then got out of the car and chased down the dog. When he got the dog, he punched it a number times and kept throwing it down onto the sidewalk until the dog was dead. The man then got back into his van and took off.

The suspect was described as white, about 6 feet 2 and 280 pounds, with balding gray hair, between 50 and 60 years old. The witness also got a picture of the man’s van, which appeared to be a silver Dodge Caravan from 1996 through 2000 with an off-color bumper.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity and whereabouts was asked to call LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force Detective Alfredo Reyes at (213) 486- 0450. Tipsters can also call the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be submitted anonymously.

—City News Service

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