UPDATE: March 1, 2021, at 8 p.m. - A man was arraigned on Monday for cruelty to an animal after his girlfriend reported seeing him carrying a limp dog, according to Butte County District Attorney.
The girlfriend of Brandon Chin reported seeing him on her home's doorbell camera carrying a 1-year-old Chihuahua-Maltese mix, Ginger.
She reported seeing Chin carrying the dog to the back patio of the residence where he rinsed the dog and the patio with water.
The girlfriend summoned a witness who reported running into Chin in his vehicle with Ginger. The witness saw Ginger had severe head injuries and Chin admitted he had kicked the dog in the face.
A veterinarian performed lifesaving efforts but determined the best action was to euthanize Ginger.
District Attorney, Mike Ramsey, said Chin faces up to six years in state prison. This includes an enhancement for a previous strike conviction for kidnapping in 2019.
CHICO, Calif. – On Feb. 23 Chico Dispatch got a call about an alleged animal cruelty incident. Officer’s called the reporting person, who said her coworker’s 14-pound dog was kicked in the head, causing major injuries.
Brandon Chin, 23, was identified as the suspect by the reporting party. Chin was in a relationship with the dog’s owner.
The dog was taken to a local veterinary hospital, but the injuries were so bad that he was euthanized.
The acting veterinarian told Chico Police Detectives that the dog received multiple skull fractures and contusions. An investigation determined that Chin was responsible for causing the dog’s injuries.
With the help of Butte County Probation, Chin was arrested for animal cruelty, resulting in a wound and death. Chin was transported to Butte County Jail.