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Case ID: 9407
Classification: Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation, Beating
Animal: cat
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Tuesday, Feb 28, 2006

County: Marin

Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: Danh Phi Huynh

A man was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison in late July 2006 for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and choking her cat.

Danh Phi Huynh, 35, of San Francisco, was charged in March with assaulting the ex-girlfriend, making criminal threats, animal cruelty and dissuading a witness by force or threat.

The investigation was launched after the ex-girlfriend returned from vacation to find the cat bloodied under a table in her San Rafael home. Huynh had agreed to feed the cat while she was away for a week and he was found with bites and scratches on his arm, according to court documents.

The cat was taken to a pet hospital, where a veterinarian determined it likely had been kicked in the head and chest and strangled.

Court documents revealed that Huynh had a history of physically and emotionally abusing the ex-girlfriend and threatening her.


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