On February 13, the Gangneung Police Station indicted a woman identified as Lee for animal abuse.
On February 9, Lee purchased a 3-month Maltese at a pet shop in Gangneung. 7 hours later, she came back to the pet shop for a refund, claiming the puppy is ill because it was eating its own waste. Angered by the owner's refusal of her refund request, Lee threw the 3-month Maltese across the counter. The puppy ultimately died around 2:30 am the next day.
In the police investigation, Lee stated, "I threw the Maltese towards the owner's chest. I expected him to automatically catch the puppy."
Lee will be forwarded to prosecution for animal abuse.
According to the animal protection law, a person who has caused a death of an animal can be given a maximum of 2 years of penal servitude or a fine of 20 million KRW (17,746 USD).