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Man accused of choking dog to death

December 5, 2018

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon man assaulted his girlfriend and used a shoelace and coat hanger to choke her dog to death.

The Statesman Journal reports that 50-year-old Richard Allen Lipps has been charged with harassment, third-degree criminal mischief, menacing, attempted assault on a police officer, first-degree aggravated animal abuse and third-degree attempted escape.

The Salem, Oregon, man is being held on $500,000 bail. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Authorities say he was arrested Monday after police responded to a domestic violence call. A woman told police said she’d been dating Lipps and that he became upset with her dog and attacked it. The woman said he told her: “You’re next.”

Lipps was taken to the Marion County Jail. His next court appearance is Dec. 14.

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