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Man Trying to Defend Dog From Abuse Slashed by Owner, NYPD Says

By Aliza Chasan | June 21, 2016 10:28am

EMERSON HILL — A man who confronted a dog owner whipping his pooch got slashed in the head, according to police.

The 32-year-old victim saw a pair of men walking two dogs at 6:40 p.m. on May 24 in front of 860 Targee St. He noticed one of them repeatedly kicking one of the animals and hitting it with a belt, police said.

When the witness intervened, the suspect pulled out a knife and cut him above his eye before running toward the Park Hill neighborhood, police said.

Police released surveillance footage of the two men, who are wanted for animal cruelty and assault.

The suspect was seen in the video wearing a white shirt, black jeans and a black and gold hat. His friend is described as having a long black ponytail. The NYPD is seeking assistance in identifying both suspects.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.