According to police, the incident occurred around 6:40 p.m. in front of 860 Targee Street in the Concord section of Staten Island: A 32-year-old man saw "individual # 1 punching, kicking and striking a dog several times with a belt. The victim went to intervene and a fight ensued. During the fight, individual # 1 pulled out a knife and slashed the victim above his eye causing a laceration.The male then fled on foot towards Park Hill."

Police released video of the suspects, describing individual #1 as the one wearing a white tank top, black jeans and wearing a black and gold hat while individual #2 is described as having a long black ponytail, last seen wearing a white tee shirt and holding a white dog on a leash.

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Individual #2 is on the left, while Individual #1 is on the right (in the hat)

The NYPD now handles animal abuse investigations.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.