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Everett, Wash. man accused of fatally punching small dog

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On Tuesday, Jan. 14, KOMO 4 News reported that an Everett, Wash. man accused of fatally punching a small dog on Christmas has been arrested for investigation of felony animal cruelty.

Jonah Brown, 33, allegedly beat his girlfriend's 14-pound Cockapoo named Romeo while house guests were over for a holiday dinner. The man's girlfriend was on her way home from work and witnesses said that the man became frustrated when the Cockapoo wouldn't stop begging for food.

According to a police affidavit, a necropsy showed that Romeo suffered broken ribs and a torn aorta.

Brown was arrested on Monday, Jan. 13 and booked into the Snohomish County Jail after police reviewed a veterinarian's report on the dog's injuries.

Cockapoos like Romeo are very small dogs; they are crosses between a Cocker Spaniel and a poodle. Because they are often considered to be "designer dogs," Cockapoos are susceptible to be bred by puppy mills and backyard breeders.

In Washington state, animal cruelty in the first degree (RCW 16.52.205) is defined as:

(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.

(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
(b) death.

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