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Westbury man pleads not guilty to fatally beating dog

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Bing Jie Yang, 23, is accused of beating his dog to death. (Nassau County District Attorney)

Bing Jie Yang, 23, is accused of beating his dog to death. (Nassau County District Attorney)

MINEOLA, N.Y.  — A Westbury man has been arrested on animal cruelty charges for allegedly beating his dog to death, prosecutors say.

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas says 23-year-old Bing Jie Yang pleaded not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges Wednesday.

Authorities allege Yang beat his Pomeranian named Dan Dan while trying to discipline the dog. Yang then took the two-year-old dog to a vet, where he was pronounced dead despite revival efforts.

Hospital staff then contacted the Nassau County SPCA for an investigation into possible animal cruelty.

Investigators say the dog suffered blunt force trauma, including fractured ribs, a fractured liver and internal bleeding.

“Crimes against the defenseless, whether animal or human, are among the most heinous,” said Singas. “I’m grateful to the Nassau County SPCA for bringing us this case.”

Animal cruelty investigators launched a probe and Yang was arrested Wednesday morning.

His attorney, Dana Grossblatt, says her client is graduate student who plans to return to his home in China to teach English to young children.

She says Yang denies the allegations against him.

If convicted, Yang faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail.