Man suspected of abusing dog, abandoning it in DC parking lot arrested and charged, officials say

A man suspected of abusing a dog and abandoning it in a liquor store parking lot in Northeast, D.C. has been arrested and charged, according to the group who offered a reward in the case.

According to the Humane Rescue Alliance, James Johnson of Laurel was arrested Thursday and faces animal cruelty charges. Johnson is suspected of being the man seen on surveillance video striking a dog, pulling it from under a car, and leaving the dog in the parking lot of Skip's Liquor Store and Laundromat earlier in January.

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The HRA said the dog suffered injuries to all four of its legs. It was taken to the group's medical center to recover.

"Members of our community really came through in this case and were as outraged as we were about how this dog was treated," said Lisa LaFontaine, President and CEO of HRA in a press release. "The depth and severity of this dog's exposed wounds strongly suggests that she endured extraordinary pain. Animal cruelty can never be tolerated, and we hope justice will be served in this case."

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According to the HRA, Johnson was arrested by Prince George's County Sherriff's Deputies and transferred to the District where he will be arraigned in Superior Court of the District of Columbia sometime on Thursday.

Tips from four people were received and a photo of Johnsen was confirmed by an eyewitness, the HRA says.