LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — A Manassas man is being charged with burglary, two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of grand larceny after police say he kidnapped a neighbor’s dogs and killed one of them.
Police responded to the 7500 block of Quail Run Lane in Manassas on the afternoon of April 17 for a burglary. The homeowner told authorities that someone had entered her residence through an unlocked basement door and that she’d discovered blood throughout the home. She found that both of her dogs, male and female West Highland Terriers, were missing.
She received a call from an area veterinarian informing her that one of the dogs, the male, was found injured by a passing motorist and had been brought into the facility for treatment. A separate caller told police that a female dog, later determined to be the homeowner’s other pet, was found deceased in a trash bag with her mouth and legs duct taped together in the area of Copeland Drive.
An investigation revealed that 44-year-old Khanh Hoang Hong, who is known to the homeowner, had entered the house and taped both of the dogs’ legs and mouths before putting them in his car trunk.
He drove to the area of Copeland Drive and dumped the female dog on the side of the road. Then he let the second dog go in the Thoroughfare Drive area when he discovered it had gotten out of its restraints and was moving around in the trunk. That dog has been treated and returned to the homeowner.
On Monday, a search warrant was executed at Hong’s residence, also on Quail Run Lane, and evidence from the incident was recovered. Police say the incident stemmed from a relationship dispute between Hong and the homeowner. His court date is set for June 13 and he is being held without bond.
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