Dog Abuser Receives Probation

The dog was seized by the San Diego Humane Society and is now up for adoption.

By Josh Hoffman
|  Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012  |  Updated 8:09 AM PDT
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A San Diego man was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation and mandated to attend animal abuse classes for beating his dog.

The San Diego Humane Society seized the four-year-old Pitbull Terrier named Sasha when a good samaritan turned in a video of Saman Afrouzina punching Sasha and lifting her by the ears.

“Often times we rely on the community to help us by reporting suspected abuse or neglect, and this is an instance where a Good Samaritan captured this video footage and called us,” said Randy Lawrence, Director of Humane Law Enforcement for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA. 

“The video was the crucial piece of evidence that led to bringing Afrouzina to justice.”

Additionally, Afrouzina cannot own an animal for three years, and he will have to fully reimburse the San Diego Humane Society for Sasha’s medical expenses, as part of his sentence. A hearing will be held in two weeks to determine that amount.

Meanwhile, with the help of the San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior & Training team, Sasha no longer fears touch to her ears. She is currently available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s Central Campus.

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