Police are searching for the man who beat a dog to death behind an Alpharetta restaurant.
An employee at Atlantic Seafood off Mansell Road spotted the man along with a very scared dog behind the restaurant next door when he went outside to take a break, general manager Jordan Anderson told AJC.com.
Alpharetta police officer Jeff Ross told Channel 2 Action News the man began screaming at the employee, scaring him off.
“When the suspect noticed the employee looking at him, he confronted him (and) used several curse words,” Ross said. “The employee got scared and went back inside the business.”
The employee called police, but when they arrived, the dog was dead. Ross said the dog’s neck and legs were broken.
About the same time, Fulton County Animal Control received a call from someone complaining about an aggressive dog in that area, but authorities believe that call was an attempt to mislead investigators.
“It’s obvious he had the dog in his possession and was mistreating it,” Ross told Channel 2.
No description of the man was provided.
Police and animal control are working to track down the source of the phone call. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 678-297-6300 or animal control at 404-613-0358.
Clarification: An earlier version of this story said the employee found the man and dog behind Atlantic Seafood. However, the restaurant's general manager said it happened behind the restaurant next door.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.