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Video Shows Man Kicking Dog in Harlem Elevator

By Dan Rivoli | September 7, 2012 9:08am | Updated on September 7, 2012 1:58pm

MANHATTAN — Police are seeking to identify a man caught on camera brutally kicking a small dog in an East Harlem public housing elevator.

NYPD Thursday released a video of the man returning to the Wagner Houses on 505 E. 120th St. with the dog on a leash at approximately 11:30 a.m. Aug. 26.

The video shows the suspect giving the dog a swift kick inside the building lobby. The abuse continued inside the elevator, where the man was caught delivering a half dozen kicks to the cowering pooch’s head and body.

PETA, the animal advocacy group, has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man in the video.

"Animal abusers are cowards," PETA Director Martin Mersereau said in a statement. "They take their issues out on the most defenseless beings available to them."

The video was captured by the NYPD VIPER Unit's surveillance team.

Police request anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can be sent to www.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.com or by text to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.