According to the Tulsa World, a Bartlesville man has been charged with two felonies after police said he stole a miniature poodle and killed it.
Gregory Tadd Arpin, 20, was arrested and charged in Washington County District Court with grand larceny of a dog and animal cruelty. His bail is set at $20,000.
Police got a call about 1 a.m. from the dog’s owner, who said a man had stolen his $600 miniature poodle from the front yard Bartlesville home. The owner chased the thief, but lost track of him, according to police.
Bartlesville police caught up with a man fitting the thief’s description hiding in the shadows at a nearby home.
Arpin told police he did not steal the dog, but picked it up because it attempted to bite him, police said. When the dog continued barking and attempted to bite him, Arpin threw it down to the ground, police said.
Arpin told police he had been drinking before the incident.
- Staff Writer Bryan Dean