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Manassas man arrested for animal cruelty

Tuesday, Apr. 23 | By Staff
A Manassas man is accused of abducting a pair of West Highland terriers from a woman's home last week.
Prince William County Police arrested a Manassas man Monday for allegedly breaking into a female acquaintance’s basement and then taking her dogs, binding their mouths and legs with duct tape and then dumping them on the side of the road.

Police charged Khanh Hoang Hong, 44, of Manassas, with burglary, two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of grand larceny involving animals.

On Wednesday last week, a homeowner reported that someone had entered her basement through an unlocked sliding glass door.

She found blood throughout the house and discovered that her male and female West Highland terriers were missing.

She later received a call from a veterinarian who said the injured male dog had been found by a passing motorist.

Another caller found the female dog dead in a trash bag with her mouth and legs duct taped together.

Police say they incident resulted from a dispute between the homeowner and Hong.

"The investigation revealed that the accused had entered the residence and duct taped both of the dogs’ legs and mouths before putting them in his trunk," the police report said.

The female dog was dumped on the side of the road and later discovered dead by a passerby.

The male dog, which had gotten free of its restraints while still in the trunk of the car, was let go, and later found by a passing motorist and taken to an animal hospital for treatment..

Police searched Hong’s residence on April 22 and then arrested him. He is being held without bond.

The male dog was returned to its owner.
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