Man accused of beating his dog to death with glass bottle wanted

Police looking for 33-year old Jerome Luedtke, Jr.
Posted at 1:54 PM, Mar 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-28 18:02:30-04

Police are looking for Jerome Irvin Luedtke Jr. after they say he beat his mom's Chihuahua to death with two glass bottles in her home on Maryland Avenue in Essex.  

Officers were originally called to a Pet ER in Towson on January 13 after Luedtke and his roommate brought in their severely beaten dog for treatment. Both of them had conflicting stories as to how the injuries happened. 

Detectives have since determined that Luedtke hit the small dog, Ginger, numerous times with two different large glass bottles after it bit his hand. Ginger suffered severe trauma to its head. 

Luedtke's roommate convinced him to take Ginger to the Pet ER, where the dog had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. 

"This man clearly has no regard for an animal's life so obviously that concerns us because know that anybody who has no regard for an animal's life also has a tendency toward other violent acts and that could in the future include acts against a human being," Baltimore County Police spokesperson Jennifer Peach said. 

A warrant was issued for Luedtke on January 29, but police have been unable to find him since, and they are now asking for the publics help. He is known to be in the Essex area and has recently stayed in homes on Goodwood Avenue and Maryland Avenue. 

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Anyone with information on Luedtke's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020 or contact detectives in the Precinct 11 - Essex Investigative Services Unit at 410-887-0230. There is a reward offered. 

Police said Luedtke has an extensive criminal history dating back to when he was 18 years old. According to the Maryland Judiciary's online database, Luedtke Jr. has been charged with burglary and assualt, among other things.