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May 21, 2019

Cleopatra the beagle, found severely injured on Bronx street, was dragged and thrown from the back of truck: cops

September 28, 2018
Police believe that Cleopatra the beagle was thrown from the back of a truck before she was found. (Handout)

A beagle found severely injured on a Bronx street last week had been dragged and thrown from the back of a truck, police said.

Cops on Thursday released an image of a man they believe to be responsible for the attack on Cleopatra, who is currently on the mend after being found tied to a pole on E. 182nd St. and Belmont Ave. on Sept. 17.

The 4-month-old pup was shaking when she was found at about 2:30 p.m. that Monday. A pair of cops took her to the nearest Animal Care Centers of NYC facility, police said.

One of the animal’s eyes was swollen shut, and she had cuts on her head, back and shoulders, as well as several internal injuries, according to two animal advocates helping the pooch, now named Cleo.




A witness took a photo of the man who hurt Cleo.
A witness took a photo of the man who hurt Cleo. (NYPD)

The strong-willed dog — named after Cleopatra — is healing and being treated at the Blue Pearl Veterinary Hospital in Manhattan.

During the week-long investigation, a witness surfaced who saw a man dragging Cleo from the back of a white Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck. A few minutes later, the man was seen throwing Cleo from the truck onto the street before driving off.

The man was described as white and was wearing a light blue shirt and dark pants at the time of the attack.

Jody Harris-Stern of Looking Glass Animal Rescue said Cleo is a “survivor and a fighter.”

“Her face is a mess, but thankfully she’s on the mend,” Stern told the Daily News in an interview last week. “Anything life-threatening seems to be off the table. She has a long road, but her prognosis is good.”

The group has raised more than $5,000 for Cleo’s care.

Anyone with information regarding the animal’s attacker is urged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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