Authorities are asking for the public’s help finding the man they believe stuffed an emaciated dog into a suitcase and then dropped the bag into a Manhattan dumpster. According to the New York City Police Department, Bryan Lepe was witnessed leaving an apartment at 645 Water Street near Market Slip on the Lower East Side while carrying a suitcase on Wednesday, October 19 around 8:45 p.m.
Lepe is described as 25 years old, standing around feet-5-inches and weighing 125 lbs. If you have any information that might be helpful to police, call Detective John Glynn of the Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad at 646.610.7272.
New York 1, reports an employee from a private carting company found the starving pit bull inside the bag; it is suspected the dog may have been locked in the suitcase for two days before having been rescued. The dog was found in the trash located at 7 Gouverneur Slip East. Reports can also be made to Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Share this report with family, friends and social media contacts. Help this innocent dog find justice. The dog is now being cared for at the ASPCA and is reported doing well.
(Photo of emaciated dog via poster by NYC Police Department)
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