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Tempe, AZ – On January 4th, 2017, the Tempe Police Department arrested 21-year-old Shundong Hu for Animal Cruelty after an investigation revealed that he struck his 3-4-month old Golden Retriever puppy with a medal rod. The puppy suffered severe injuries including: multiple skull fractures and a cheek bone, swelling of both eyes, multiple abrasions and lacerations on the front shoulder area and on top of the head, a broken canine tooth, and bleeding from the nose and head. The puppy however is expected to survive his injuries.
Officers were called to an apartment complex located in the 1100 block of E. Apache Blvd, Tempe after someone tipped them off to a possible case of animal cruelty. The officer that responded to the call spoke to the witness who reported that since November she has been hearing what sounded like an animal crying in distress, which was later determined to be the puppy. She said she had not been able to locate where the sound was coming from until this date. The witness said that the puppy was heard crying loudly and she was able to locate the apartment. The witness then observed Shundon Hu striking the puppy repeatedly with a metal rod while the puppy remained trapped in a metal enclosure.
Hu was arrested and transported to the Tempe Police Jail where he was booked and held to see a judge on felony Animal Cruelty charges. When Mr. Hu was advised of his Miranda Warnings, he stated that he wanted to speak to an attorney.
Tempe Police Chief Sylvia M. Moir said, “We want to thank our community member for being vigilant and ultimately saving this puppy’s life. We are also thankful to our partners at 1st Pet Veterinary Hospital Arizona & Humane Society for their life saving efforts and providing the appropriate health care for the puppy”.
Source: Tempe Police Department