A relationship dispute between two Prince William County residents led to the killing of one of the victim’s dogs and the maiming of another, according to a police department news release.
Police responded to the 7500 block of Quail Run Lane in Manassas on April 17 about 3:40 p.m., police said. They found blood throughout the home and the homeowner’s two dogs — male and female West Highland Terriers — missing.
(Prince William County police) - Khanh Hoang Hong
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One dog was later found dead and the other injured, police said. They have charged Khanh Hoang Hong, 44, with two counts of felony animal cruelty and two counts of grand larceny of an animal. Hong lives near the victim.
The female dog was found dead in a trash bag with her mouth and legs taped together on the side of the road near Copeland Drive, police said.
“The investigation revealed that the accused had entered the residence and duct-taped both of the dogs’ legs and mouths before putting them in his trunk,” according to a news release.
The second dog, a male, was freed after moving around in the suspect’s trunk, police said. A passing motorist picked up the dog and delivered it to an animal hospital. The dog was treated for minor injuries, and he has been released back to his owner, police said.
Hong is being held without bond and a court date has been set for June 13.