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DUMFRIES, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man stabbed and killed a dog in the back after an argument with a woman in his home, police said in a news release.

It happened on Monday at around 8:45 a.m., at the 17700 block of Confederate Ct., police said.

Gerard Darvell Williams, 32, of Dumfries, got into an argument with a woman who was living at his home, police said. That argument turned violent, and he started throwing her belongings out of the house.

"At that point, the victim stated she witnessed the accused use a kitchen knife to stab her dog. Officers checked the home and located an adult male pit bull deceased with a stab wound to its back. Officers also located two, 2-week old pit bull puppies, one of which was also deceased and the other was critically injured. Both puppies appeared to have sustained blunt force trauma," police said in a news release.

The puppy that lived was taken to an animal hospital, where it's being treated for its wounds.

Williams is charged with felony animal cruelty, misdemeanor animal cruelty, domestic assault & battery, and destruction of property, police said.

Two other dogs were found, unharmed, police said.

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The investigation continues into the cause of death for the puppy pending the results of a necropsy. Additional charges against the accused are pending.

He's being held, without bond, until his court date of August 25, 2014.

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