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Laurel man "disembowels" family dog, facing cruelty charges

Posted: 11:27 AM, Jul 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-20 11:27:49-04
Laurel man "disembowels" family dog, facing cruelty charges

A Laurel man is facing felony charges after disemboweling the family dog, Howard County Police said Friday.

Omar BeniahJovan Gertman, 24, is being charged with felony animal cruelty, second-degree assault and malicious destruction of property in the incident. 

Police responded to a house in the 9600 block of Covered Wagon Drive on June 12 after someone called 911 saying a family member had stabbed the family dog and left the house. During their investigation, police learned German assaulted an acquaintance and destroyed household property including a TV and coffee maker as well. 

Animal Control officers responded and took the dog, a Yorkshire Terrier named Boo, to an emergency hospital where she was not expected to survive. Boo has since recovered.

Police found German in a nearby hotel at a later date and arrested him. He is being held in Howard County Detention Center.