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‘It just had this look of fear’: Dog allegedly punched, choked

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Paul Darwin Rennells allegedly punched and strangled a dog inside of a van parked on Southeast 119th Avenue

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man is facing charges after allegedly strangling and punching a dog in the head in Portland.

Daniel Twadell told police he was stopped near the intersection of East Burnside and Southeast 119th Avenue on Monday when he noticed a van parked behind him with a man inside. He could hear a dog yelping from inside the vehicle.

“It was yelping like it wanted to get out or it needed help,” Twadell told KOIN 6 News. “Eventually, I heard a loud ‘thud’ and that’s when I turned around and looked through my mirror in the back and saw that he had the dog slammed against the passenger window.”

Twadell said he watched the man choke the Anatolian shepherd with his left hand and punch it twice in the head with his right fist.

“This was a big dog and it wasn’t fighting back, it just had this look of fear,” Twadell said.

Twadell got out and confronted the man, who claimed to have hit the dog, named Chino, because she bit him.

Court documents show the man — identified as Paul Darwin Rennells — denied punching or strangling Chino when interviewed by officers. He said he only held Chino by the collar but never hit her.

A Multnomah County Animal Services officer reported seeing redness in one of the dog’s ears and a small cut above a knuckle on Rennells’ right hand, according to probable cause documents.

“Whether it is an animal or person, it’s a living being and it was getting assaulted,” Twadell said. “It was getting hurt and it didn’t do anything to deserve it.”

Multnomah County Animal Services said on Wednesday Chino was “in our protective custody and receiving medical care.”

Rennells is facing one count of first-degree aggravated animal abuse.

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