"Benny the Pug has been located and is safe. He was turned over to Humane Animal Services last night and is currently in their care," wrote Fairfield Police on Facebook. "It is believed the suspect has fled the area and is no longer in Solano County."
Later that day, however, reporters with KTXL interviewed Chin at her boyfriend's home with Benny, who had been returned to his owners. According to the station, Chin denied abusing the dog, saying "she simply meant to release Benny" but in the heat of an argument "released him harder to the ground than she had intended."
That claim contradicts an earlier statement by authorities, who said they think this isn't the first time she abused Benny.
"She was recently seen walking down a business district in Fairfield, and she apparently had the dog by the tail and she was swinging it around," said Sgt. Ramirez last month.
Chin has not been charged with any crime, but Fairfield Police say the Solano County District Attorney's Office could still charge her with animal abuse.
On Facebook, Fairfield Police defended how they have handled the case, saying, "It is not as simple as just having the video from the internet unfortunately," and listing a number of crimes they have had to investigate since the video was reported to them last month.
"The District Attorney's Office makes the decision to file charges and request warrants be issued. We investigate and prepare cases to send to them," wrote Fairfield Police. "We are happy the dog was located safe and healthy."
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