A California man was arrested after he allegedly poured boiling hot water on a dog.
Enping Qu, 22, of Chino Hills was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty after two 17-year-old witnesses called police on Nov. 7 to say they had heard a dog yelp in pain, WGHP reports. The witnesses said they saw Qu pour water on the dog at least five times, and recorded the incident in a video.
The dog, which was in a cage, belongs to Qu's girlfriend, who was reportedly not home at the time. Police found a tea kettle on a warming plate with hot water in it at the home. Inland Valley Humane Society officials said the kettle contained water that was 129 degrees Fahrenheit when they came to take its temperature.
"The dog's coat and skin were warm from the water," said a sheriff's news release. The pet was taken to a veterinarian and is recovering after the incident.
"You could hear the horror in the girl's voice when she said, 'Oh my god, is that boiling water?'" said San Bernardino County Deputy Dan Renear of one of the witnesses, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Renear was one of the officers who responded to the call, along with trainee Dominic Ramirez.
"From the video that we have for evidence the dog was yelping," Renear said, according to Fox News. "When we got up to the apartment, the dog was skittish and scared."
Qu speaks limited English, so deputies had to use a translation app to communicate with him. He told the officers that the dog belonged to his girlfriend. In the apartment, Renear saw the warming plate had been turned off.
"But when I touched it, that thing was still scorching hot," said Renear. "I couldn't even put my hand on it."
It took Humane Society officials more than an hour to find the apartment, because the apartment complex is new and does not appear on all maps yet.
"But even after an hour and a half or an hour and 15 minutes, when they tested the water -- even after all that time -- it was 129 degrees," said Renear.
"I'm a dog-lover and it makes you angry," the deputy added. "It was a very sweet and loving little dog."
Police have not released the video of the incident pending the ongoing investigation.
Qu has reportedly been released on bail.
In September, a Scottish man who poured boiling water on his dog was arrested and sentenced to 320 days in prison.
Stewart Milne, 29, of Dundee, didn't seek veterinary help for his dog, Buddy, after the animal suffered serious scalds from boiling water, according to the Evening Telegraph.
"The wounds on Buddy were extensive, with several of them scabbed over and infected with yellow pus," said inspector Karen Cooper with the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. "They clearly needed treatment and would have been causing Buddy considerable pain."
"Buddy received the wounds after Milne suffered a fit while making coffee and spilled a kettle of boiling water over the dog," added Cooper.
Buddy had to be euthanized when he did not recover from his injuries.
"After responding well to treatment, Buddy unfortunately later developed a chronic skin disease which resulted in him being put to sleep following veterinary advice," Cooper said.
Milne's 320-day sentence comes after he also admitted to carrying a knife in public, and failing to show up for an appearance in court.
"We're glad Milne has been dealt with by the courts and hope he gives serious consideration to his ability to care for animals in the future," said Cooper.