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Teen accused of strangling girlfriend and beating puppy

D. Chen
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According to Thursday's publication of the Santa Barbara Independent, a 19-year-old man from China, who is in the United States on a student visa, was arrested in Santa Barbara, Calif., for allegedly beating a puppy and strangling his girlfriend.

Duanying Chen was arrested on Tuesday on charges of domestic battery and animal cruelty stemming from a violent incident on May 14. Authorities began an investigation after a veterinarian reported that a five-month-old Miniature Pinscher had been brought to them with multiple, severe injuries, including broken bones, burns, cuts and rectal and genital wounds.

Authorities questioned Chen's girlfriend, who informed them that they had been in an argument and that she had been strangled nearly to the point of passing out. At one point, while the girlfriend was away, Chen was alone with the puppy - when the girlfriend arrived back home, she found the puppy cowering under a table, and unable to walk.

Chen was booked into jail, but he has already posted bail and is back out. The puppy was so severely injured that veterinarians have indicated euthanasia will likely be necessary.

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