SAN ANTONIO – A Northwest Side man is accused of taking out his anger on his girlfriend's pets after an argument with her.
Fernando Morgan, 46, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of cruelty to non-livestock.
San Antonio police responded to his Northwest Side apartment complex on Dec. 2 shortly after what witnesses described as a "heated argument" involving Morgan and his girlfriend outside their home.
One person told officers soon after seeing the girlfriend run away, he heard a dog yelping and crying.
An arrest warrant affidavit said the officer then searched the area and found a small rat terrier that appeared to be badly injured.
Police said they determined that the dog, named Ruby, and a cat, named Midnight, had been thrown from a second floor window of Morgan's apartment.
The animals hit his girlfriend's car on the way down, shattering the windshield, the affidavit said.
Both pets were taken to a veterinarian for treatment.
The affidavit said the dog was found to have suffered multiple injuries, including head trauma, broken ribs, two broken hind legs as well as internal bleeding and bruised internal organs. Some of the injuries were considered life-threatening.
There is no mention in the affidavit of the cat's injuries or the final outcome for the animals. An Animal Care Services spokesperson said Ruby the dog is still recovering in the ACS clinic. Midnight the cat however has since been adopted.
Morgan had left the scene before officers arrived, the affidavit says. However, police later obtained a warrant for his arrest.