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Baltimore man arrested, accused of killing four puppies

Donald Yearwood is charged with killing four puppies in Baltimore, police said.
Donald Yearwood is charged with killing four puppies in Baltimore, police said. (Donald Yearwood)

A Baltimore man has been charged with animal cruelty after police said he killed four puppies and threw them in the trash.

Donald Yearwood, 21, is charged with 17 counts of animal cruelty and animal abuse, according to Baltimore Police.

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Baltimore Police said they were called to Yearwood's home in the 3700 block of 10th Street in Brooklyn on Nov. 9 after people said they saw him kill four puppies.

Police couldn't find Yearwood or the puppies, but police officers and animal control officers were called back a few hours later when children found the puppies in a Dumpster.

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About two-and-a-half weeks earlier, animal control officers had seized a female pit bull and six puppies from the home after a child was bitten by the female dog. The officers didn't realize that there were still four more puppies in the home.

On Nov. 9, Yearwood became frustrated with the puppies because they were making noise while he tried to sleep, police said. He kicked and stomped on the puppies and threw them down a flight of stairs, according to police.

A surveillance video showed Yearwood placing the puppies' bodies in the Dumpster. Three of the puppies were dead and a fourth was taken for veterinary treatment but died of its injuries, police said.

Police issued a warrant for Yearwood, who turned himself in at the Southern District Police Station on Wednesday night. Yearwood was taken to Central Booking and could not be reached for comment.

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