LA HABRA – A Newport Beach firefighter is suspected of being responsible for the death of a girlfriend's dog Thursday evening.
The firefighter, who lives in La Habra with his girlfriend in the 300 block of Oakland Drive, is suspected of punching a 6-pound Chihuahua named Bella after it bit him.
Newport Beach Fire Department Chief Steve Lewis said that a private party had notified him of the situation concerning firefighter Aaron Reed, but that no action would be taken until official word comes from La Habra police.
Officer Rick Van Vleet of the La Habra Police Department, who handles animal control issues, would not identify the firefighter by name.
"We've confirmed that a Chihuahua bit a young man and that apparently he struck the dog," Van Vleet said. "The dog was injured and the vet put her to sleep. It's still under investigation."
At this point, Van Vleet said, it's still a dog-bite investigation, so the dog's body is being examined for rabies. After the rabies test, there will be a necropsy to determine cause of death.Original source article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/dog-firefighter-habra-2601251-vleet-investigation
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