BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Police are searching for a man accused of killing four pit bull puppies in South Baltimore.
It happened inside a home in the 3700 block of 10th Street in the Brooklyn-Curtis Bay area.
Police tell WJZ the suspect was trying to asleep and was annoyed that the puppies were making noise.
Yearwood allegedly kicked and stomped on the puppies, and threw them down a flight of stairs. He then put the puppies in a box and left the location.
Surveillance video shows the moment a man tossing four puppies in a school dumpster.
A group of children later found the puppies in a dumpster. Three were pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth was transported to an animal medical center, where he later died from his injuries.
“He began to kick and stomp these puppies repeatedly. He then picked up the puppies and threw them down the flight of stairs,” said Baltimore Police Detective Jeremy Silbert.
21-year-old Donald Yearwood is charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty.
“They were only three weeks. They were only three weeks old,” said a woman.
Yearwood was living at the home with his girlfriend. Her three kids under 5 — watched the whole thing.
“That scars them for life. That’s going to scar them for life. They’re young, they don’t know violence like that.”
A group of kids found those four puppies inside the dumpster, but it was too late to save them.
“You don’t treat animals like that. I don’t care if it’s a cat, dog, bird. You don’t treat them like that,” said a neighbor.
Last month, Animal Control officers were called to the same home on 10th Street after an adult female pit bull bit a child.
The dog was confiscated, according to Baltimore police, along with six puppies that were approximately one-week-old.
Police were unaware, however, of four additional puppies still inside the home.
“There’s never, ever a reason in this city to harm or abuse and animal that you no longer want,” said Bailey Deacon, BARCS.
Investigators say Yearwood tried to feed and care for those puppies over the next two weeks.
Police have surveillance video of Yearwood placing the puppies into a dumpster.
The mother dog and the six surviving puppies were brought here to BARCs, but are now at an out-of-state rescue.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911.