Police: Man hit girlfriend, killed 6 puppies

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Mathew Simmons

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police have arrested a 24-year-old man they said assaulted his girlfriend and killed six puppies.

According to a police report, Mathew Simmons and his girlfriend got into a fight Saturday at a home on Orme Road on the Westside.

Simmons threw a dog out of the house, breaking its leg, according to the report. Simmons' girlfriend got angry and broke her car window, and Simmons grabbed her and hit her several times, police said.

Simmons later killed the dog's six 2-day-old puppies, according to the report. The carcasses were found in a trash bag in the kitchen, police said.

Simmons is charged with domestic battery and seven counts of animal cruelty.

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