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Man accused of kicking, hitting puppy outside Wal-Mart

A man was arrested for allegedly hitting, kicking and swinging an 8-month old puppy around by the neck, using its leash like a lasso, at an Orange County Wal-Mart.

Verne Joseph Strong, 56 of Newport Beach was arrested Sunday in at a Westminster Wal-Mart parking lot after witnesses called police to report the alleged abuse, according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office. He entered a not guilty plea in the West Justice Center, an Orange County Superior Court in Westminster.

About 6:45 p.m., Strong and his girlfriend, Angel Marie Holmes, 37, of Newport Beach, were arguing in the store parking lot, authorities said. While they fought, Strong opened the trunk of their car and took out their 8-month-old, 8-pound Chihuahua-dachshund-mix puppy, Meanie, which had been locked inside, prosecutors said.

Strong is accused of then swinging Meanie around by the leash, which was wrapped around her neck, before throwing the dog to the ground. He then allegedly kicked the dog so hard it slid under the car.

Witnesses called police and when they arrived, they found Strong and Holmes sleeping inside their car with the dog, prosecutors said.

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-- Joseph Serna

Comments () | Archives (7)

This guy has SERIOUS issues and so does she. They both need to be evaluated, then never allowed to own or touch anything that eats and breaths again!

I'm sorry .. but this guy needs an attitude adjustment with a 2x4 upside the head!

What a clown, that is a real man hitting a defenseless little dog. He should try to swing around a 100 lb pitbull see what happens to him.

I agree with the pitbull comment. People who abuse and brutalize defenseless animals should have to meet with the same fate. Turn a blood thirsty 100+ lb dog on these jerks. That would be close to an "eye for an eye."

They kept their dog locked in the trunk of the car???? And this was before Strong allegedly swung it around on its leash and slammed it down on the ground??? I agree with Astonished, these people shouldn't be allowed to touch any living thing again. I'm sorry I read this article, because I'm seriously grossed out now.

I wonder how many times he did that to his girlfriend?

Wouldn't mind swinging him around by the neck and locking him in the trunk - see how much he enjoys that treatment. Might make him think twice about every trying it again. Poor puppy. I hope the dog gets taken away from them and put into a good home that will love and care for it.


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