A male college student from China will serve 14 days in jail — far less than the 8-month term prosecutors sought — for beating his 2-year-old Pomeranian to death, the Nassau district attorney said on Thursday.
In July, Bing Jie Yang, 25, was found guilty of misdemeanor animal cruelty after a five-day trial presided over by acting Supreme Court Justice Jerald Carter.
On April 7, Yang, who was studying at Adelphi University, repeatedly struck the toy dog, Dan Dan, because it had soiled the carpet in his Westbury home, District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement.
“This helpless dog died a horrific death at the hands of the man who had a responsibility to care for him,” Singas said.
Dan Dan died of “blunt force trauma about his body and suffered from fractured ribs, a fractured liver and internal bleeding in his brain,” a joint investigation by the Nassu County SPCA and NCDA Animal Crimes Unit determined.
Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Anatomic Pathology Section conducted a forensic analysis, Singas said.
Pomeranians, prized for their fluffy red coats, typically weigh 4 to 8 pounds, according to dog experts.
After attacking Dan Dan, Yang waited at least an hour before seeking medical care for the unresponsive dog; veterinary staff could not revive him, Singas said.
“No pet should ever be subjected to this kind of abuse, and my office will continue to bring these cases and to fight for stronger laws that reflect the seriousness of crimes like these,” Singas said.
Had Albany approved a measure strengthening “antiquated laws” for animal crimes, Yang could have faced a prison term as long as seven years, Singas said.
Four years ago, the Nassau district attorney’s office introduced The Consolidated Animal Crimes Bill “to protect animals and prosecute animal abuse,” she said.
Currently, animal crimes fall under New York State’s Agriculture and Markets Law.
The judge also signed an order barring Yang from owning or caring for an animal for three years.
Within five days of his release, Yang must register with Nassau County’s Animal Abuse Registry, Singas said.