The Washington Humane Society sent out the press release below (the original story is here – WARNING: The link contains a very graphic image of the murdered puppy).
Thanks so much to WHS for their hard work. Please consider contributing on the memorial and donations page in honor of King Tut; proceeds will “aid the Washington Humane Society in [its] efforts to educate the community about animal welfare issues, to stop cruelty, and to help prevent future incidents like this, while honoring King Tut.”
Sean Delontay Branch Arrested on Felony Animal Cruelty Charge in “King Tut” Puppy Case
Man accused of killing a sleeping 6-month-old puppy
Washington, DC – Sean Delontay Branch, 24, of the 1000 block of 18th Street NE, was arrested July 11 in Clinton, Md., on one count of felony animal cruelty. He is suspected of killing a 6-month-old brindle and white puppy by dropping a large 100-lb. block of cement on the dog’s head while he was sleeping. The incident occurred June 29 behind the Circle Seven Express store at 1209 Mount Olivet Road NE. Branch was arraigned July 11 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled July 31. He faces up to five years in jail and a $25,000 fine.
The Washington Humane Society Humane Law Enforcement Department received a report of a dog who had had a brick dropped on its head at a convenience store on the morning of June 29. Upon arrival, officers found the body of the dog, named King Tut, who had died as a result of his injuries.
“A helpless puppy suffered a horrifying death at the hands of a callous human who showed no regard for the life of an innocent animal,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “This extreme act of cruelty—one of the worst I have seen in my career—is indefensible, and we look forward to bringing to justice the person who committed this vile crime.”
The Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department, comprised of four full-time Humane Law Enforcement Officers, investigates over 1,400 complaints of animal cruelty each year. To report animal cruelty and neglect 24 hours a day, seven days a week, call 202-BE-HUMANE.
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REWARD: NOW $2,500
On Friday June 29th 2012, King Tut, a 6-month old brindle and white puppy, had a large block of cement dropped on his head while he was sleeping. This incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. behind the Circle Seven Express store at 1209 Mount Olivet Road, NE. The injuries to the puppy were fatal. The suspect is a light-skinned African-American male, medium-build, in his late 20s.
The Washington Humane Society desperately needs the help of the community for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for this horrific act of animal cruelty. The Washington Humane Society is offering a
$1,000.00 $2,500.00 reward that will be given to any person who provides such information.
Please share this information and the reward poster (WARNING: The poster contains a very graphic image of the murdered puppy and is below the page break) with others in community.
If you have any information about this case, please contact the
Washington Humane Society’s Humane Law Enforcement Department: Officer D’Eramo
Information will be kept confidential upon request.
The Washington Human Society has also set up a memorial and donations page in honor of King Tut, and proceeds will “aid the Washington Humane Society in [its] efforts to educate the community about animal welfare issues, to stop cruelty, and to help prevent future incidents like this, while honoring King Tut.”