A Lancaster man was behind bars Wednesday, accused of killing a 6-month-old puppy by throwing it from a moving vehicle last week in eastern Parker County, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Marquael Odoric Greer, 32, reportedly grabbed the Chihuahua-mix pup while arguing with his girlfriend near Mile Marker 423 on Interstate 20, near the Tarrant County border.
Greer was arrested Tuesday by members of the Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, said Deputy Danie Huffman, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
He was taken to a Dallas County jail where he remained Wednesday afternoon, facing charge of cruelty to nonlivestock animals — torture. Bail had not been set by Wednesday evening, a jail official said.
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It was the fifth animal cruelty case to make headlines in Parker County this year, which prompted Sheriff Larry Fowler to come up with a stock statement on the cases.
“Parker County does not have an animal problem,” Fowler repeated Wednesday. “We have a people problem.”
Investigators believe that Greer was arguing with his girlfriend, who was holding the white male puppy on her lap.
She later told investigators that during the argument, Greer rolled down a window, grabbed the puppy, threw it out of the window and continued to travel east into Tarrant County.
The girlfriend told Tarrant County deputies that Greer “physically assaulted her and kicked her and another male passenger out of the vehicle,” Huffman said.
She was taken to a Fort Worth hospital, where Tarrant County authorities began an investigation of the assault allegations.
Parker County deputies found the dead puppy near the shoulder of Interstate 20, Huffman said.
“Deputies observed blood in the center of the freeway, where the puppy had landed after hitting the roadway,” Huffman said.
Greer has a criminal record, according to Dallas County court records.
He has pleaded guilty to burglary of a residence, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, evading arrest and two cases of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.
The other cruelty cases involving dogs or livestock this year in Parker County include the dismantling of a puppy mill in the Garner-Cool area in January, the fatal neglect of a Shetland pony on Marlboro Country Trail in March, the fatal neglect of a female pit bull in the 100 block Tumblewood Drive in April, and the shooting of a caged female dog that was still nursing puppies near Springtown in May.