Tuesday, August 23 , 2016, 8:50 pm | Fair 65º

  • Follow Noozhawk on LinkedIn
  • Follow Noozhawk on Pinterest
  • Follow Noozhawk on YouTube
 
 
 
 

Local News

Man Arrested on Domestic Violence, Animal Cruelty Charges

A Santa Barbara man was arrested Tuesday night for allegedly abusing his girlfriend and her puppy, which sustained such serious injuries that it may have to be euthanized, police said.

 

Duanying Chen
Duanying Chen

Duanying Chen, 19, of Santa Barbara, was arrested for the felonies of domestic battery against his 21-year-old girlfriend as well as a charge of animal cruelty involving her 5-month-old male miniature pinscher puppy, according to Sgt. Riley Harwood of the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Harwood said the dog was severely abused and is suffering multiple life-threatening injuries and may have to be euthanized because of its deteriorating condition.

On May 14, an officer responded to a local veterinary hospital, where Chen's girlfriend has brought the puppy for medical treatment.

"The clinic staff saw that the animal had multiple injuries consistent with having been abused," Harwood said, adding that after questioning the dog's owner, staff suspected the woman was also the victim of domestic violence and called police.

More investigation was done by an animal control officer and a Crimes Against Persons detective, and the woman told them she had been manually strangled by Chen until she nearly lost consciousness after a heated argument earlier in May.

On the morning of May 14, the woman left her healthy puppy in Chen’s care, but stated that when she returned home around 8 p.m., the puppy was hiding underneath a table, unable to walk.

Chen explained to his girlfriend that the dog sustained its injuries from a fall from the top of a pingpong table, but Harwood said an examination revealed injuries consistent with abuse rather than a fall.

"The animal was suffering from multiple broken bones, multiple lacerations and burns, neurological damage, and wounds to its rectum and genitals," Harwood said.

A $75,000 felony arrest warrant for Chen was obtained this last Tuesday, as well as a search warrant for his home in the 2000 block of Monterey Street.

He was arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.

Noozhawk staff writer Lara Cooper can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >