Man in domestic dispute kills puppy by slamming it against pavement by the hind legs, police say

A Columbus man arguing with his child's mother Sunday grabbed her children's puppy by the hind legs and slammed the dog against the pavement three times, killing the pet, police said.

Devon Bell, who had just marked his 22nd birthday Friday, faces charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, terroristic threats, obstructing police and disorderly conduct, according to jail records.

Police were summoned about 6 p.m. Sunday to a home on Winifred Lane, where Jimea Williams told them she had an argument with Bell, her child's father. It was during this dispute that Bell grabbed the puppy and bashed it against the pavement. "The puppy suffered severe injuries to his neck, spine and ribs," police reported, saying the dog later died.

Bell ran from officers, who arrested him about an hour later at Blueridge Drive and Blueridge Court.

Investigators said multiple witnesses told them that during the altercation Bell "stood in the street cursing and using profanities as he killed the dog," and that he "threatened to kill all other animals in the yard." Bell's home address was the same as Williams', according to police and jail reports.

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