Hawthorne Man Pleads to Domestic Violence, Animal Cruelty Charges in Death of Girlfriend’s Dog

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A photo of a 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Bodie provided by his owner.

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A 57-year-old man entered a no contest plea Tuesday in connection with allegations he hit his girlfriend and killed her 9-year-old Yorkshire terrier during a domestic dispute in Lawndale in June.

Brian Scott Burlingame pleaded to one felony count each of cruelty to an animal and injuring a cohabitant, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The Hawthorne man also admitted to personal use of a deadly weapon, a metal rack, the release stated.

Burlingame was accused of throwing the rack at his girlfriend, Linda Castle, on June 14 while she was holding her Yorkshire terrier in her Lawndale home.

“I was trying to leave and Scott threw … this metal object at me and hit Bodie in the head,” Castle told KTLA. “And fractured his skull.”

Castle rushed the terrier to the vet, but it was too late.

“He was my heart,” Castle said. “I’ve had him for nine years.”

Burlingame was scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 15 and faced a possible maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.

Correction: A sentence in an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the month of the offense.

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