On Monday, LAPD has released a photo of a truck belonging to the person who dumped a pitbull now known as Indy in an alley during Independence Day weekend. The 2-year-old pitbull was badly burned.
The Los Angeles Police Department Animal Cruelty Task Force, Detective Support and Vice Division asked for public assistance in providing any information about the suspect who was seen pulling the critically injured dog now named Indy from the back bed of his pickup truck.
A witness saw a male suspect in the alley between Kittridge and Hamlin streets (one block east of Laurel Canyon Road) pulling the injured animal by his collar while the animal was attached to the bed of the truck. The dog was not moving so it is believed the suspect thought the dog was dead. The witness confronted the suspect and the suspect fled.
The truck was a white Toyota pickup with dark stripes on the side of the vehicle, a toolbox on the bed of the truck, large off-road tires, a sunroof and small extra cab windows. It is believed to be a late 1980s model.
Anyone with information related to this crime should call the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "web tips" and follow the prompts.
A combined reward of $11,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture and prosecution of the people who abused Indy.
Indy was initially treated by Dr. Daniel Slaton of Westlake Village Animal Hospital who told KABC, "Fireworks were strapped to him and basically lit on fire, and (he) has third degree burns on most of his rear legs, his paws, and part of his thorax." The doctors named the dog Indy after the holiday. He is expected to make a full recovering. Although he was taken in at the East Valley Animal Shelter in Van Nuys, he is now being cared for by START Rescue.
You can donate to START Rescue to support Indy's care or their general operations.