Warrant: Upstate man arrested on domestic violence, animal cruelty charges after fight over new dog

Jonathan Reigel. (Source: SCSO)

An Upstate man was arrested on domestic violence and animal cruelty charges after a fight over a new dog, deputies say.

Deputies confirm they responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home on E Czardas Way in Spartanburg County on Saturday.

During the investigation, deputies spoke with a female victim. She told them 38-year-old Jonathan Reigel was upset because of the new puppy they have in the home. She said she woke up hearing the dog screaming and Reigel hurting the dog. She told deputies she saw Reigel throw the dog across the house and she tried to stop him.

The victim then attempted to leave the home and Reigel began grabbing at her, she said. She told deputies she was holding the dog to comfort it and Reigel told her to let go of the dog. He eventually got ahold of the dog and threw it, she said. The dog began defecating and he threw it again, she said.

Deputies say the victim was able to leave the home on foot. She told deputies Reigel was screaming that he was going to kill the dog as she left the home.

Investigators noticed an open abrasion on the victim’s hand and apparent dog feces on her shirt. They also noted the dog to be limping.

Deputies then got a written statement from Reigel and warrants were signed for ill treatment of animals and second degree domestic violence.

He was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Saturday and released about 9 hours later.

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