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Police: Fort Worth man killed wife's puppy during argument

FORT WORTH -- An 18-year-old man faces a charge of cruelty to an animal after he allegedly killed his wife’s puppy during a fight with her.

Police were called to the apartment in the 3000 block of McLean Street about 7 a.m. Wednesday on a report of domestic violence. Justen Arthur Zeuner had fled on foot after the incident but was located by police in the 3300 block of E. Lancaster Ave. and taken into custody, according to a police report.

Zeuner's wife, Naylayeah Zeuner, told police that her husband had choked her dog -- a small black and tan puppy that was confirmed dead on the scene.

A neighbor told police that he heard the couple arguing inside their apartment and then saw Zeuner walk to the front of the apartment holding a small puppy by the neck with one hand. The neighbor said he watched as Zeuner then threw the puppy into a bush about 10 feet away.

The puppy whimpered one time and then made no other sounds, the neighbor told police.

Zeuner denied choking the puppy, telling police that he had stepped on it when his wife pushed him. He told police that he picked up the puppy and threw it at his wife and she then picked it up and threw it back at him.Naylayeah Zeuner was also arrested on suspicion of assault with bodily injury of a family member.

According to a police report, Naylayeah Zeuner struck her husband with a 2-by-4 and also attempted to hit him with a metal pipe after screaming at him that he had killed her dog.