A 42-year-old New Bedford man is wanted by the police on animal cruelty charges, and an advocacy group is now offering a $1,000 award for the man's apprehension and conviction.

A viral video posted last month allegedly shows Miguel A. Martinez of 472 Cottage Street hitting his dog with a long black object. The dog could be heard yelping in pain.

The dog and her puppies were removed from the home by New Bedford Police and received care at the Tufts Veterinary Emergency Treatment & Specialties, where tests indicated the dogs were not injured in the attack.

"This kind of treatment of an innocent animal is reprehensible," said Coalition for Animals of Greater New Bedford President Lauren Stamatis. "Our Coalition works to protect the animals in our community, and we are horrified by this blatant act of violence and abuse."

Now the Coalition is offering the cash award. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Martinez is asked to call New Bedford Police.

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