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Pet Owner Punches Pup For Being At The Pound

Police arrested 39-year-old Raul Martinez, Jr. on animal cruelty charges after he allegedly punched his pet Chihuahua after he picked up his dog at the pound.

Investigators said that Martinez's pet Chihuhua was taken to the Harlingen Humane Society last week after a concerned person found it roaming the streets.

Martinez picked up the dog but witnesses told police they saw him punching the dog in the parking lot.

The Harlingen man took off in a black Land Rover but detectives secured an arrest warrant for his arrest.

Martinez appeared before a Harlingen Municipal Court judge where he was issued a $5,000 bond.

It's not clear if the dog remains in Martinez's custody.