PHOENIX - Silent Witness is asking for the public's help to locate a man suspected of mutilating a puppy's ears in Phoenix.
The pit bull puppy's owner met the suspect near 26th Street and McDowell Road on Monday, Sept. 16, while walking the dog, according to the Silent Witness report.
The suspect offered to "crop" the puppy's ears but instead mutilated them by cutting off the entire ear flaps with scissors and a box cutter.
The procedure has left the dog at risk for hearing loss, hemorrhage, cranial infection, permanent disfigurement and protracted suffering.
The puppy's owner cooperated with investigators to create a composite of the man suspected of this animal cruelty.
Silent Witness said the 30- to 35-year-old suspect possibly goes by the name "Robert" or "Roberto".
He is described as a Hispanic male, bald with a goatee. He has skull tattoos on each side of his head and three dots tattooed near his left eye.
When the owner met him, the man was walking a full-size brown pit bull dog with a white chest and disfigured ears.
If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
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