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Police arrest Texas man accused of punching puppy

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EDINBURG, Texas (CBS 4 News/SBG) - A Houston-area man accused of punching a puppy remains behind bars at the Hidalgo County jail.

At 6:08 p.m. on Nov. 18, the Edinburg Police Department dispatched an officer to the 500 block of South Raul Longoria Road to investigate an animal cruelty complaint.

The officer met with a woman who accused her ex-boyfriend -- Marcos Adrian Tapia, 24, of Deer Park, a Houston-area suburb -- of hurting her puppy.

The woman "will testify that Marcos punched the puppy multiple times with a closed fist, then threw the puppy against the wall, and then stomped on the puppy with his right foot," according to the criminal complaint against him.

When the woman threatened to call the police, Tapia left. Later, though, Tapia returned and started arguing with the woman again.

The woman "will testify that Marcos then attempted to pull the puppy from her arms by pulling on its front two legs and twisting them causing the puppy to whine," according to the criminal complaint.

Tapia is charged with cruelty to a non-livestock animal, a state jail felony.

A judge set bond at $25,000.

Court records don't list an attorney for Tapia, who remains at the Hidalgo County jail and couldn't be reached for comment.

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