Sunday, March 01, 2009

Man suspected of breaking puppy's legs arrested

An Oakland man has been charged with animal abuse for allegedly breaking the front legs of a Pomeranian puppy in front of its owner, the deaf 11-year-old daughter of his girlfriend, authorities said on Friday.

Kem Eap, 31, of Oakland has been charged by Alameda County prosecutors with two felony counts of animal abuse after a 4-month-old puppy named Chloe was found with its two front legs broken on Feb. 20.

An anonymous caller told Oakland police about the incident. Police and animal-control officers found Chloe cowering underneath a television set inside an apartment on the 2000 block of Fifth Avenue near Lake Merritt. Eap was arrested the same day.

The female puppy, which weighs 4 pounds, was unable to use its front legs because both had been broken above the elbows, authorities said. "It saddens me," said Oakland animal-control officer Nicole Frede. "I feel sorry for it because it's so innocent and sweet."

Eap is accused of breaking one of Chloe's legs on Feb. 18 and the other the next day. The puppy underwent surgery on Wednesday at the Berkeley Dog and Cat Hospital and is being cared for at the home of a hospital technician.

Eap, who is deaf, is being held at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is to appear in an Oakland courtroom on Monday. Once Chloe heals - a full recovery is expected - and makes progress through physical therapy, the puppy will be available for adoption, said Adam Parascandola, Oakland Animal Services director.

With news video.

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