PASADENA — A Pasadena man pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of beating his neighbors dog to death with a hammer during a dispute, officials said.
Young Song, 40, was charged in Pasadena Superior Court with a felony count of cruelty to animals along with the special allegation of personal use of a deadly weapon, along with a misdemeanor count of petty theft of his neighbor’s 16-month-old German Shepherd, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
“Song allegedly entered his neighbor’s yard on April 20 and shot the dog with a pellet gun,” the statement said. “He allegedly returned to the owner’s yard a short time later and beat the dog to death with a hammer, then removed the dog’s body from the owner’s yard.”
Pasadena Humane Society officials called the incident, which was captured on video, the worst incident of animal cruelty they’ve ever seen.
Song is due back in court May 26. If convicted as charged, he could face more than four years in state prison.
According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s booking records, Song was being held in lieu of $40,500 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail.