Courtesy BPD
Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD

Not all of today’s news about dogs in Baltimore is heartwarming. Police say a 21-year-old man is wanted for killing four puppies and leaving them in a dumpster in South Baltimore earlier this month.

According to police, Yearwood was seen stomping and kicking the four pit bull puppies to death and throwing them down a flight of stairs in a Brooklyn neighborhood home on Nov. 9. Officers responded early that evening to the house in the 3700 block of 10th Street for a report of animal cruelty. Police say witnesses filled them in on the gruesome scene that they observed – there were apparently children in the room, by the way – but they couldn’t find Yearwood.

Hours later, officers were called to an area of Cambria Street only several blocks away, where a group of children had found a box of puppies in a dumpster. Animal control officers at the scene pronounced three of the dogs deceased; the fourth was transported to an animal hospital, but died from his injuries.

Police say this surveillance footage shows Yearwood dropping the box of puppies in the trash.

This wasn’t the first reported dog-related incident at the house. Weeks before, on Oct. 22, animal control officers went to the same residence after a child was reported bitten by a dog. They found that an adult mother pit bull bit the child, who had minor injuries. Officers confiscated the dog and her six week-old puppies; however, they were unaware that there were four other baby dogs in the home.

Unfortunately, those runts came into Yearwood’s care. Investigators say he was attempting to care for them over the next two weeks. However, witnesses say he lost his temper and murdered the dogs because they were making too much noise while he was trying to catch some sleep.

Police have a warrant out for Yearwood’s arrest on 17 counts of animal cruelty and animal abuse-related charges. Anyone who knows where he is can call 911 or 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...