BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Police say the man who is suspected of killing four pit bull puppies in South Baltimore has turned himself in.

Police say 21-year old Donald Yearwood turned himself into authorities after four puppies were found with fatal injuries and left in a dumpster in early November. Yearwood is charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and animal abuse related charges.

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On November 9, Police say Yearwood was inside the home attempting to sleep. The puppies were making noise and Yearwood began to kick and stomp on the puppies, and then threw the puppies down a flight of stairs. However, during this incident, his girlfriend’s young children were home at the time and witnessed the attack. Yearwood allegedly then put the puppies in a box and left the location.

Police say that investigators found a video from a surveillance camera in the area of Donald Yearwood placing the puppies into a dumpster.

A warrant was issued for Donald Yearwood, who turned himself in on November 30 to the Southern District police station. Yearwood was transported to the Central Booking and Intake Facility.

Animal Control officers had been to Yearwood’s residence on 10th Street prior in October, after an adult female pit bull bit one of the children inside the home. The child had minor injuries.

The adult female dog and six week-old puppies were taken into custody by authorities and later adopted by other families. Animal Control officers say they weren’t aware of the four other puppies inside the home.

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