Homeless man fearing arrest stuffed dog in suitcase and tossed it in trash

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The homeless man in New York City police arrested for animal cruelty on Thursday, after he stuffed his emaciated dog into a suitcase and tossed it in the trash, told authorities he was afraid he would be arrested for animal neglect if he took the dog to a veterinarian for treatment. According to the New York Daily News, the dog’s owner, Alec Litzinger, threw his dog into a dumpster on October 19th, the same day he was evicted from his lower Manhattan apartment.

The emaciated pit bull mix, named Diego, is currently under vet care and is being treated with a special diet. According to prosecutors, Litzinger left the apartment a mess – in fact the apartment manager told authorities the premises can not be rented at this time because…

“the odor of urine and feces inside the apartment was so strong that a disaster company had to come in to clean it out and … the apartment is still unlivable even after the cleaning,”

Fortunately Diego was found by a carting company as the dog’s head peeked out of the suitcase. Litzinger stated he found the dog in a closet. And now Diego is much more fortunate than in his previous life, as the litany of neglect was described by the ASPCA currently caring for the dog:

“Diego’s coat was stained and had a foul odor from prolonged contact with urine and feces. His paw pads were peeling, and he had a recent cut on one paw. His ears were scabbed, inflamed and fly-bitten, and the whiskers on his face were short and singed from extreme heat.”

Litzinger was arrested on Thursday and remains in custody on $4,000 bond or $2,000 cash for felony criminal mischief and animal cruelty charges. His alleged accomplice, Bryan Lepe, 22 is still at large.

Read the previous story here.

(Photo of homeless man via press release handout and NY Daily News)

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9 replies
  1. SunWolf(Beth) C. says:

    Diego so young much emotional stress and fear to indure..In my world, these JACKASSES would have the exact same done to them as they did to the innocent period! And I would enjoy watching every minute.

  2. Barkley's Mom says:

    Alec Litzinger threw Diego in the trash because he was afraid he would get arrested for animal abuse for not taking the dog to the vet? So what did he think would happen to him if he was caught throwing a dog in the trash? Not the brightest bulb in the pack I’d say, I hope they find his “accomplice” Both of them need to spend some time in jail thinking about what they have done!

  3. susispot says:

    Great! He gets kicked out of his apptmt and gets to lounge in jail and get three square meals a day. Something is wrong with this picture. Diego needs justice. Make this louse suffer some.

  4. Nancy Raymond says:

    The maggot Litzinger deserves to be hogtied, stuffed in a suitcase and dumped in the East River. With the lack of any REAL justice given to any animal abuser by authorities – I prefer street justice for Diego.

  5. Nadya Wall-Rossi says:

    I could beat this smirking POS to death with my bare hands, & then sit down to eat a banana split, without one qualms of conscience. Some people aren’t worth the powder to blow them to hell!

  6. michelle taylor says:

    I dare this vile ugly,pocked face bastard to make direct face to face contact with me as I have something to enact on this FW.Oh yes.Come on gutless wonder.Read my comment and meet with me!!!!!!


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