PHOENIX (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — A Phoenix man has been arrested on an animal cruelty charge after reportedly throwing rocks at his dog.

Phoenix police say 32-year-old Omar Beltran Nunez was taken into custody Friday.

Officers responded to the area of 5600 West Lewis Avenue after someone called to say a dog was yelping and barking in a home’s backyard.

One of the officers reported seeing Nunez throw large rocks and a piece of concrete like a baseball pitcher at a dog.

Police say one of the rocks hit the dog, which was tied to two tires with a piece of wire.

The officer ordered Nunez to stop throwing rocks, but he instead picked up a shovel and allegedly swung it at the 3-year-old dog.

Nunez told police that he threw rocks at the dog because it ran away the night before.

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  1. Kat says:

    The more I see of people…..the more I love my critters

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