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Man charged with animal cruelty after killing his mother's dog, police say

Court records say the suspect was angry with his mom during an argument, so he grabbed her dog, Roxy, and threw her across the room.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Police said in a fit of anger, a man killed his mom's dog, so now he's facing animal cruelty charges.

39-year-old James Garcia was arrested Saturday. Court records say Garcia was angry with his mom during an argument, so he grabbed "Roxy," a small dog, off the couch and threw her 18 feet across the room, slamming her into the floor. 

Even though Roxy was rushed to a vet for emergency care, a veterinarian is quoted as saying the dog died of a burst heart.

Police say Garcia apologized for hurting the dog, but he was arrested.

Garcia was released on a $5,000 bond.


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