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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Lauderhill police are searching for a man accused of killing a dog with a sledgehammer on Friday night.
Police said it happened in the area of the 700 block of Northwest 34th Avenue near Martin Luther King Elementary School.
The man had been using the sledgehammer to damage a parked car, when he turned the sledgehammer on a woman who confronted him.
Police said the man used the hammer to kill the woman’s poodle.
The woman had been out walking her dog, according to authorities.
“My heart is aching it’s like burning inside of me right now,” said the dog owner.
Within seconds the woman’s entire world was gone along with the man who took it away.
“He hit my dog with that sledgehammer, boom and I looked down on the ground and I was like oh my God I was in shock.”
She was with a friend walking her dog around 6:30 p.m. Friday night when she came across a man bashing in the windows of a car that police say belonged to his child’s mother.
“The initial investigation revealed that it started off in a domestic dispute between a male and female,” said Lauderhill PD Lt. Mike Santiago.
“She took a picture of him, he came and grabbed the phone from out of her hand and said don’t take a picture of me he had the sledgehammer in his hand he came towards us some a girl she was barking trying to protect us she was a vicious she was inviting she was just doing her barking doing her job.”
With one hit the dog was gone and so was he.
Police never recovered the sledgehammer and are working on a few leads to find him.
Authorities said another woman had begun to film the incident, when the man turned on her, grabbing her phone and taking off running.
Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).