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Video allegedly showing DreamWorks animator beating dog with hammer horrifies officials

A video purporting to show a 40-year-old DreamWorks animator  beating a neighbor’s muzzled dog with a hammer horrified Humane Society officials, who said they've seen nothing like it.

“When our officers first viewed the videotape, one of our officers had tears in his eyes. He’d never seen anything like this before,” said Steve McNall, who heads the Pasadena Humane Society and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “In my 31 years at this animal shelter I’ve never seen anything like this.”

McNall’s agency, which is licensed to investigate crimes involving animals, is conducting the probe and made the arrest in conjunction with Pasadena police.

The suspect, Young Song, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and faces a preliminary hearing next month. He allegedly climbed a fence into a yard in the 1900 block of Navarro Avenue in Pasadena, where a 16-month-old German shepherd was muzzled but untied. Surveillance camera video shows the beating but does not reveal what Song did with the dog, which is missing and presumed dead.

According to authorities, the suspect shot the dog with a pellet gun, then returned with a hammer and began chasing and striking the defenseless animal until it lay senseless.

Industry sites identify Young as a "surfacer," an artisan who creates the look and surface qualities for animated characters, props and environments. Young's credits on animal-themed films include "Kung Fu Panda," "Shark Tale," "Bee Movie" and "Madagascar 2."

The dog’s owner returned to a bloody scene and discovered that his dog was missing. The events were recorded on a newly installed security camera.

The motive for the attack is not clear, although there was a hole at the bottom of the fence adjoining the two yards, meaning that the dog could have been entering the suspect’s property.

“It might have originated as a barking issue, a noise issue, and then escalated into something else,” McNall added.

Song was being held on $40,500 bail, according to authorities.

The formal charges are one felony count of cruelty to an animal and one misdemeanor count of petty theft of a dog with a special allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alison Matsumoto. If convicted, Song could face more than four years in prison, the district attorney’s office said.


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Comments () | Archives (15)

THROW the book at this animal!!!

Coward!!!! If that was my dog, I can assure you that this guy would be watching his back for the rest of his worthless and miserable life. Sad part is he will get off with a little probation and anger management classes.

My cat was beaten to death in a similar way, so this guy could not expect any mercy from me. What a coward.

The guy is seen on video perpetrating the crime, and he pleads: "not guilty"?

He should have to pay full court costs, investigation costs, and if he uses a public defender.. pay his costs, too.

Come on buddy... you have been caught red handed. Save the taxpayers some money and put on your stripes without a fuss.

If that was MY dog, the beating that cops usually issue would be NOTHING compared to what I'd do to him!!!!

I hope this creep gets jail time and I hope that pet owners will be aware that they need to be respectful of their neighbors by keeping their dogs in their yards and the barking under control. Especially because they don't know if one of their neighbors is insane.

He was just looking to chase down his lunch.

The "issue" is that the alleged defendant was out of control & behaved worse then any animal he could complain about! Hyenas have better skills at dealing with life's problems. Removing the dog's body is Legally proof of intent; at least I understood this when I worked for the SPCA & experienced a dog shot in it's yard & the body removed. 4years?

Beating a 16 mo. old muzzled dog? Such extreme an inhumane treatment of an innocent animal indicates a person with little to no empathy to a LIVING THING. Makes you wonder if there was a manslaughter charge somewhere in this sickos future. Disgusting and it makes me angry.

i hope he goes to jail for a long time, they have him on tape so they have all the evidence they need. there ws no exuse for him to do that.

As frustrating as a puppy can be, I cannot IMAGINE reaching this point.

Especially if the puppy is not yours. And is muzzled. And you had to climb a fence to get to it. Seriously?

I feel so sorry for this puppy, and its owner. And I hope that the wheels of the law turn swiftly on this case.

Why o why does the Times continue to mention the perpetrator's employer in the article & headline. The employer has nothing to do with the heinous act. Please leave out irrelevant information that impugns innocent parties.

Ugh I can't believe someone can be so cruel to an innocent animal! Like two weeks ago you guys had a story about a man which was asian also... who hacked his dog with a machete! He deserves more than 4 years!!!

The employer is significant, as it makes films for kids--I say everyone write DreamWorks and demand his termination for 'moral turpitude'... .


If I had come home and seen that tape with someone beating my dog... I would have never made it to the police department. OMG that sick freak.

What has Dreamworks said about this?


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