MIAMI (CBS4) – Investigators are trying to solve a brutal case of animal cruelty after they picked up a dog that was severely beaten with a baseball bat.
Miami Dade Animal Services officers were called to the neighborhood near SW 155th Terrace and SW 111th Avenue about 1 p.m. Friday afternoon for a report of an injured dog.READ MORE: CBS4's Steve Goldstein Previews Dolphins-Raiders Matchup
When they got to the scene they found a 35 pound mixed breed beaten so badly he had to be euthanized.
“This was just an absolutely horrific act of brutality I mean his skull is smashed,” said Kathy Labrada of Animal Services who described the crime as “the most horrific act of cruelty I’ve ever seen.”
She said a potential witness told animal services a young man hit the dog multiple times with a baseball bat, but that person left the scene before officers could get any more information.
Avis Keane lives in the neighborhood and says she’s concerned for her dog now.READ MORE: Southwest Ranches Investigation, Police Won't Say What They Are Looking For
“It has to be somebody that’s sick,” she said adding, ”I don’t care how old or how young a person is, people have to know right from wrong.”
Labrada says the dog had no collar or microchip, but she said he was well-groomed and likely someone’s pet.
“There’s no rationale behind of an act of violence like that, against a dog, against a person against anything,” said Labrada.
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