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San Diego County man fatally beat his Siberian husky, police say

January 24, 2012 |  2:04 pm

A 26-year-old man who lives in rural San Diego County has been arrested on a felony animal abuse charge on suspicion of beating his 4-month-old Siberian husky so severely the dog had to be euthanized, officials said.

Phillip Shawn Rich was arrested at his home in Crest on Sunday after veterinarians alerted the county Department of Animal Services that the dog appeared to have been beaten.

Rich brought the dog, named Knight, to the veterinarians for care but his description of how the dog was injured did not fit the injuries, officials said.

Rich is being held at San Diego County jail on $25,000 bail. The case has been turned over to the district attorney's office.

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