A man was arrested Sunday after he was accused of attacking and threatening his ex-girlfriend, then choking her dog in an incident earlier this year in Elm Mott.

McLennan County Sheriff's Office deputies were called Jan. 29 to the 4400 block of Old Dallas Road, where a woman was found to have red marks on her neck, arm and chest, as well as a torn t-shirt, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The woman said her ex-boyfriend, Brandon Eugene Stringer, 25, got into an argument and became violent.

"The victim said that Brandon grabbed her around her neck and began to apply pressure, impeding her breathing," the affidavit states. "Brandon then grabbed the victim's hair (and began) slamming her up against the headboard in the bedroom."

After the assault in the bedroom, the woman told Stringer to leave, the affidavit states, but Stringer grabbed her dog, a small hound, and began choking it.

"The victim believed her pet was deceased due to how Brandon was choking the dog," the affidavit states. "The victim then attempted to lock herself in a room and call 9-1-1, but Brandon fought his was into the bathroom where he blocked the call for help."

Authorities said Monday that the dog was not killed.

Stringer left the house before deputies arrived. The woman said Stringer threatened her, saying he would "slit everyone's throat if she called the cops," the affidavit states. 

Stringer was arrested Sunday on a third-degree felony charge of assault and three Class A misdemeanor charges of interference with a request for emergency assistance, terroristic threat and cruelty to animals.

Stringer was booked into McLennan County Jail, where he remained in custody Monday with a bond listed at $15,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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