A California Bay Area woman who was allegedly caught on video throwing a dog to the ground pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony animal cruelty and abuse charge.
Fairfield police and Solano County District Attorney's Office investigators arrested Fairfield resident Brandi Chin earlier this month in Vallejo.
Chin was captured in a surveillance camera video on Dec. 19 throwing Benny the pug to the ground after a dispute with her boyfriend, authorities said. Benny hit the ground and rolled over several times.
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Law enforcement officials took possession of the dog, who was given to Solano County Humane Animal Services. Police said an exam by a veterinarian determined Benny was not hurt and was in good health.
After her arrest, Chin's ex-boyfriend told NBC affiliate KCRA it was a "heat of the moment" kind of thing.
"Me and her were arguing about personal things," he said. "It got blown up into something else and I think it just got out of hand."
Authorities who searched for Chin thought she might have fled Solano County.
A preliminary hearing has been set for Feb. 5.