Man accused of throwing ex-girlfriend's puppy


by Mike Gertzman

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 5:49 PM

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Police arrested a man who allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment and threw her 13-week-old Yorkshire terrier puppy into a breakfast bar.

Carlos Martinez Jr., 27, is facing charges of criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct, criminal damage, failure to obey police, and animal cruelty.

Police were called to the scene near Thomas and Scottsdale roads on Monday afternoon.

Martinez's ex-girlfriend told officers that Martinez jumped over a patio wall and forced his way into her apartment through the patio door.

The victim said Martinez grabbed her and started kissing her. He then ripped the victim's puppy out of her arms and threw the dog approximately seven feet into a breakfast bar in the kitchen.

"She was uninjured. This was still a pretty scary time for her having this man break in and then she had to see her dog get injured like she did so we're glad she's okay the community was disrupted for the time while he was on property," said Sgt. Mark Clark with the Scottsdale Police Dept.

The dog was bleeding from the nose and limping on its right front paw, according to court documents.

The victim picked up her dog and ran outside yelling for help.

Martinez then fled the area but he was caught a short time later by police after a brief foot chase.