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SAPD: Dog’s ‘heart burst’ after man violently threw her

Man accused of killing mother’s dog

James Garcia was charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal.

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly killed his mother’s dog, according to police.

James Garcia, 39, is facing animal cruelty charges after police were called to his mother’s home on Oct. 24.

Police were told that Garcia was upset because his mother “refused permission for a woman to enter her home in order for (Garcia) to have sex in his bedroom,” according to his arrest affidavit. Garcia has been living with his parents on and off for the past four years.

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During the argument, Garcia grabbed his mother’s pet dog, Roxy, and violently threw her to the ground, Garcia’s mother told police.

Roxy was rushed to the veterinarian’s office, where she was pronounced dead. The veterinarian said the throw was so violent that it “caused (Roxy’s) heart to burst, eventually bleeding to death."

Garcia returned to the home while police were still at the scene, according to the affidavit. He apologized for hurting the dog, according to the affidavit, telling police he “didn’t like hurting the dog."

Garcia was arrested on a $5,000 bond for the third-degree felony, jail records show.


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Fares Sabawi

Fares Sabawi has been a journalist in San Antonio for three years. He has covered several topics, but focuses on crime, courts and record requests the most. He also has a recurring appearance on KSAT News at 9's Trending Now segment.