Posted: Dec 27, 2010 5:22 PM by John Romero
Updated: Dec 27, 2010 8:18 PM
A Colorado Springs man accused of killing his girlfriend's puppy in a fit of anger appeared in court Monday afternoon. 25 year old Christopher Blackstone has been charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals, felony criminal mischief and harassment. His bond is set at $10,000
Police say it all started when the couple had an argument and his girlfriend left their home. "The victim had left in order to let things cool down." explains Sgt. Darrin Abbink with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Police reports say that Blackstone tried to call and text the victim. When she refused to answer he told her "If you would have answered your phone your dog would still be alive." When officers arrived at the apartment on the 1100 block of Mazatlan they found the puppy dead in a trash bag and left near a dumpster. An investigator with the Humane Society say the 3-5 month old puppy looked as if had been repeatedly stomped on the head.
One look at Blackstones record shows a history of domestic violence charges. Aimee Sutherlin, the Associate Director of Tessa, a victim's advocate group says scenes like this are all too familiar. "Unfortunately it's not too abnormal for pets or children to be involved in a domestic violence situation." she explains. Often abusers will use pets to show just the type of threat they pose. "They do it to demonstrate the power that they have." says Sutherlin, "It's the control that they can have over the victim."
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