A St. Paul man is accused of throwing his wife's dog into a car, repeatedly. The 1 1/2-year-old Yorkie named Bentley got checked out by a vet and is back with its owner, but investigators are still trying to figure out why he was abused in the first place.
Neighbors say Khat Peng is an animal lover, proud of the pigeons and dogs he keeps as pets. But police paint a much different picture of Peng, accusing him of abusing a defenseless dog.
"It's not right, there are laws protecting animals," St. Paul Police Sgt. Paul Paulos said.
A concerned citizen called police after she saw Peng tossing the small Yorkshire terrier up in the air and against a parked car several times. The caller said the dog was laying in the backyard, not moving, and she feared little Bentley had been killed.
Peng was arrested for animal cruelty, but police still don't know why he was mistreating his wife's pet.
Unfortunately, animal abuse like this is far too common. Just last month, Fridley police arrested Gabrielle Allen after she threw several pitbull puppies at her boyfriend during an argument.
Humane Society investigator Keith Streff says in many cases people who abuse animals are trying to send a message to their significant others, and innocent animals end up caught in the middle.
"To see the animal abused or tortured, it's a good hint and the percentage says you will be next," Streff said.
Prosecutors say Khat Peng's case is so disturbing they asked the judge for a "no contact order" for the dog, which is the first time anyone in the city attorney's office can remember something like this.
Peng is charged with a misdemeanor and is scheduled to appear in court next month.