LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —   The People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has joined the Los Angeles Police Department on the hunt for a suspect who allegedly beat a small dog to death.

PETA  is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of a suspect.

Officials said on Saturday, May 14, around 1:30 p.m., an eyewitness reported seeing a small dog jump out of a van in the 1600 block of East First Street in Boyle Heights.

The driver reportedly chased after the dog, punched him, and repeatedly slammed him onto the sidewalk until he died.

The dog’s killer is wanted for felony cruelty-to-animals charges.

The suspect is described as a white male with balding gray hair, 50 to 60 years old, about 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 280 pounds.

The suspect was driving a 1996 to 2000 silver or gray Dodge Caravan with an off-color rear bumper. At the time of the incident, the van had two bicycles on a rear bike rack.

“This little dog endured an agonizing, terrifying death when his head was bashed against the sidewalk by a disturbed and violent man,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “PETA is urging anyone with information about this man to come forward now so that he can be held accountable for his crimes and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

Perpetrators of violent acts against animals are often repeat offenders who pose a serious threat to all animals—including humans.

Anyone who may know the suspect should call the LAPD Animal Cruelty Task Force at (213) 486-0450.

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