Accomplice Who Stuffed Sickly Pit Bull into Suitcase Caught at ‘Saluggi’s East’ on Grand Street this Weekend
The suspected accomplice to an animal cruelty crime in which an emaciated pit bull was stuffed into a suitcase and left for dead on the Lower East Side has been caught. Cops reportedly collared Bryan Lepe on Friday after he was spotted entering Saluggi’s East on Grand Street.
Apparently the 7th Precinct gave the newcomer Seward Park restaurant a wanted poster. We’re told that Lepe later returned to the establishment, staff identified him, and physically apprehended him until the officers arrived.
Our requests for comment from Saluggi’s and the 7th Precinct were not immediately returned.
The unconfirmed arrest follows exactly one month after Alec Litzinger, 21, was caught and arraigned on charges of both aggravated cruelty to animals and torturing and injuring animals. He admitted to packing his starving pit bull, Diego, into a suitcase on October 19, and dropping it in a dumpster on Water Street near Gouverneur Slip. The criminal complaint noted the defense that the dog was in such poor health at the time he was evicted that he feared certain arrest if the canine was brought to a veterinarian for treatment.