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Police search for man who allegedly beat family dog to death

HILLTOWN, Pa. - Police are searching for a 24-year-old man wanted for aggravated cruelty to an animal. 

Officials responded to a home in the 1400 block of Route 113 in Hilltown Township Feb. 3 for the report of a male, now identified as Rony Arturo Garcia, threatening household members and possibly killing the family's pet dog. 

Through an investigation, police discovered pools of blood but the family members were uninjured. By investigating outside the residence, police discovered the blood belonged to the family dog, who was located a short distance from the house, deceased and discarded in a ditch. 

The dog was identified as a 15-month-old Mountain Cur who suffered severe, visible head trauma.

Officials say a carpenter's claw hammer was located inside the residence. 

A necropsy was performed at the Bucks County SPCA, which determined the dog suffered multiple skull fractures as a result of blunt force trauma. 

Police obtained a felony arrest warrant for aggravated cruelty to animal for Garcia. However, they're looking for the public's assistance in locating Garcia, as they fear he may attempt to flee to his home country of Honduras.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hilltown Township Police at 215-453-6011 or you can leave a message on the anonymous tip line at 267-517-9119.

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