WEATHERFORD — By CHRISTIN COYNE
Authorities say they have arrested a man accused of assaulting a woman and throwing a puppy from a moving car window, killing the animal.
The Weatherford-Parker County Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team reportedly located Marquael Odoric Greer, 32, of Lancaster, and late Tuesday notified Dallas County law enforcement, who later arrested Greer.
Greer was reportedly arguing with his 33-year-old girlfriend early Friday morning while traveling eastbound on Interstate 20 in Parker County near the Tarrant County line.
During the dispute, Greer reportedly reached over and took the 6-week-old white male Chihuahua mix-breed puppy from the woman’s lap, rolled down the driver’s side window and, while traveling at a high rate of speed, threw it out the window.
The woman reported to Tarrant County deputies that Greer then physically assaulted her and threw her and another male passenger from the vehicle.
The woman was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment for injuries sustained during the incident.
A Tarrant County constable reportedly contacted the Parker County County Sheriff’s Office about the dog.
Parker County deputies reportedly found the dead puppy near the shoulder of the highway with blood coming from its nose and mouth and a swollen head.
Deputies also reported observing blood in the center of the freeway, where the puppy is believed to have landed.
Greer was charged with felony cruelty to non-livestock animals and reportedly remained in the Dallas County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon.
The latest in a recent series of high profile animal cruelty cases in Parker County proves that “Parker County does not have an animal problem. We have a people problem,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.