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Newport Beach Man Gets Jail Time for Puppy Abuse

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57-year-old Verne Joseph Strong of Newport Beach "was sentenced Thursday for kicking, slapping and swinging a puppy by the neck during an argument with his girlfriend in a Wal-Mart parking lot," according to the OC Register. Strong was sentenced to "317 days in jail, and gets credit for that much time already served," says LA Now. During the couple's fight, Strong took their 8-month-old, 8-pound Chihuahua-Dachshund mix puppy, swung it by the leash, threw it to the ground, then "kick[ed] the canine hard enough to slide it across the asphalt and under his car."