A Glendale Heights man has been charged with beating his girlfriend's Chihuahua to death after the couple had an argument, prosecutors said Monday.
Michael Chacon, 23, was being held on $75,000 bail following his arrest Saturday at his home on the 600 block of East Fullerton Avenue.
DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said Chacon threatened to kill the dog after an argument Friday with his live-in girlfriend. He said Chacon called the woman at work the next day and told her the animal was dead.
"She came home and found the dog dead," Berlin said. "The dog showed obvious signs of head trauma. There was blood everywhere."
Chacon made several inconsistent statements after police responded to his home, according to prosecutors. If convicted of aggravated cruelty to an animal, he could face up to three years in prison.
"The facts alleged in this case are very disturbing, and we obviously take them very seriously," Berlin said.
DuPage court records show Chacon has prior misdemeanor convictions for resisting a peace officer and theft. His bail was set by Judge Thomas Else, and he would have to post $7,500 to bond out of the county jail.
His next court date is Aug. 9 in front of Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.