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Monday, Apr 30, 2001County: Cleveland
Charges: Felony CTA
Alleged: Name Undisclosed
A Norman man is facing felony charges for allegedly killing his girlfriend's 5-month-old Chihuahua puppy by throwing it against the wall.
Because of the sensitive nature of the case, police asked that the parties involved in the dispute remain anonymous, but Lori Miksell of the Second Chance animal sanctuary in Norman called the dog's death an "atrocity."
"It's really hard to believe that anyone could ever do this to any kind of animal, especially a small Chihuahua," she said.
The suspect is also facing a misdemeanor charge of kicking his girlfriend in the ribs after she obtained a victim's protective order in April, police said.
Miksell says that there is a direct link between domestic violence and animal cruelty.
"Here at Second Chance, we spend $21,000 investigating cruelty cases like these, and we get these reports each day," she said.
Next year, Second Chance is planning to build a women's shelter on its property so that women leaving abusive relationships can bring their pets with them.
Meanwhile, police are also trying to determine whether the suspect may have also killed three other pets his girlfriend owned.
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