A 38-year-old man was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly threw a young puppy against a wall, breaking its leg, after a domestic disturbance with his girlfriend, Mart Police Chief Paul Cardenas said.

Tarance Larod Sharp, of Mart, was arrested after police were called to a disturbance Wednesday morning between Sharp and his live-in girlfriend. Inside the home, officers determined that Sharp had become involved in a verbal fight with the woman about a cell phone before Sharp picked up a 7- to 8-month-old Dachshund puppy and threw it against the wall, Cardenas said.

“He threw it about 50 feet or farther into the wall,” the police chief said. “You could tell that the puppy’s leg was broken. You could clearly see the fracture.”

The puppy belonged to a child living in the home. No person was hurt during the disturbance, Cardenas said.

“There was intent to hurt or kill the dog, so we arrested (Sharp) on one count of animal cruelty,” he said.

Cardenas said the woman planned to take the dog to a veterinarian for medial treatment. He added that officers felt it was in the best interest of the family’s safety to remove Sharp from the home after his actions turned violent.

Sharp remained in McLennan County Jail on a $2,000 surety bond.

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