Updated after the jump: The suspect worked on some big movie titles for DreamWorks. He pleaded not guilty today.

This will go down as a dark spot even in the annals of cruel and unusual behavior. Authorities allege that a Pasadena man sneaked into his neighbor's backyard, shot a young German shepherd there with a pellet gun, and beat it while it was muzzled and tied to a fence.

Why? We have no idea.

But we do know that 40-year-old Young Song was arrested yesterday on suspicion of animal cruelty. A Pasadena jail official told us he was being held in lieu of $40,500 bail.

Pasadena Humane Society spokeswoman Ricky Whitman told the Star-News, “This is the worst animal cruelty case we have ever seen.”

The beating of the 14-month-old German shepherd, according to the Pasadena paper, was actually captured on the neighbor's security video system.

The incident allegedly happened on April 20 in the 1900 block of Navarro Avenue.

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The jail official told the Weekly Song was in court today.

Update: City News Service reports that Song works as an animator for DreamWorks and has some hefty titles under his belt, including Shark Tale, Bee Movie, Flushed Away, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar 2.

Song pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty and dog theft. A court date to determine if there's enough evidence against him for a trail was set for May 26.

First posted at 12:09 p.m. on Thursday, April 28.

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