Courts & Crime

Georgia man accused of slamming puppy against pavement, killing it

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. During this dispute, Bell grabbed the dog and bashed it against the pavement, she said. “The puppy suffered severe injuries to his neck, spine and ribs,” police reported.

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

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