In Chino Hills, California, deputies from San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department arrested Enping Qu on Wednesday for allegedly pouring boiling water on his girlfriend’s caged dog several times. Witnesses called authorities after hearing the dog cry out in pain.
According to the Inland Valley Humane Society press release, two 17-year-old teenagers saw Qu pour water over the dog at least five times and recorded it on video. The teens had been in Pinehurst Park that afternoon when, according to San Bernardino Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Renear, they heard a dog whimpering. As reported by AbcNews, the teens looked around and spotted the caged dog on the third-story balcony of a nearby apartment building. That’s when they saw the man, later identified Qu, use a tea kettle to pour water over the dog in a crate.
When authorities arrived at the Butterfield Ranch Road for a welfare check of the dog, they found Enping had the tea kettle with hot water on a warming plate.
“The dog’s coat and skin were warm from the water,” stated the sheriff’s department press release.
Officers from the Inland Valley Humane Society stated the water in the kettle, after an hour, registered at 129 degrees; the dog was removed and transported to a veterinarian for observation.
Qu, 22, has been arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty. He told deputies the dog belonged to his girlfriend who was not at home.
The case remains under investigation. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Chino Hills sheriff’s station at 909-364-2000. The three-year-old Dachshund mixed breed dog presenting with apparent signs of abuse will remain with the Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA. To donate to Sophie’s care please click here.
(Photos of suspect and dog doused with boiling water via Inland Humane Society and San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department)
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