DES MOINES, IA (WHO-DT/CNN) – Police in Iowa are searching for a suspect who was involved in what one officer called the worst case of animal abuse he’s seen in years.
Christopher David Vogel, 25, arrived unannounced at his acquaintance Larry Gray’s apartment July 6, according to the police report.
The two men got into a heated argument over using Gray’s Wi-Fi, and Vogel allegedly threatened to snap the neck of Gray’s girlfriend’s corgi.
Police say Vogel then grabbed the 3-month-old puppy and took it into the hallway. Gray, who is disabled, could not move fast enough to get the dog back and found it lying in the hallway, bleeding from the nose and whimpering.
When police arrived, they agreed the dog needed to be put down. The puppy died on the way to animal rescue.
Examination of the dog confirmed major spinal trauma.
“Completely senseless, completely senseless. This animal did absolutely nothing, was not a threat, was a small dog. He purely did it out of spite and evil intent,” said Sgt. Ryan Doty of the Des Moines Police Department.
Police say they almost caught Vogel, who was spotted at the scene of the crime while police were investigating later in the week, but he took off into the woods.
Doty requests the public’s help in catching Vogel and says if anyone sees him to call police.
Vogel has numerous warrants for his arrest, including one for criminal mischief.
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