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Police search for man who intentionally ran over puppy in Williamsburg


A man ran over a puppy on purpose, according to witnesses, and now the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is working to track him down.

A witness says what she witnessed on Tuesday at the intersection of Hubbard Lane and Hillside Lane in Williamsburg is one the most horrific things she's ever seen.

Diane Sparks recalls sitting on her front porch with a friend that night.

"My girlfriend starts yelling, 'What are you doing? What are you doing? Stop stop stop!' I turned around and the van had stopped in the street. The driver opened his door and lowered a puppy. He then turned and ran over the dog," she said.

The puppy was tan and appeared to be about eight-weeks old, according to Sparks. She believes it was a pitbull with a white stripe down its forehead and a gray nose.

She says she ran to the puppy, which was clinging to life.

"I looked at her and saw how young she was and thought, eight-weeks-old is when puppies start having fun. They're starting to walk, they're starting to explore, they're starting to be social and this one's life is just over."

Sparks says, the puppy was dropped off in the middle of a busy road, so even if the driver didn't mean to run it over, the puppy didn't have a chance.

"We had torrentially cold rain Tuesday night," said Sparks. "There are coyotes that live in the next neighborhood. This puppy was doomed."

Now, Lt. Dennis Ivey with the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office says he's looking for the driver of a dark blue conversion van with a white stripe all the way around it.

"We want to find out who this person is and find out why," he said. "There are so many options out there, there's no reason to be cruel to an animal."

If you know anything that can help police, you're urged to call their Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP.

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