The story of a Sandy Springs man accused of killing his girlfriend’s dog and then beating her with it is going viral.

The incident, which took place in May, was first reported by Fox 5 Atlanta on July 16. To read that story, click here.

Today the Huffington Post and the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Emmanuel Alfredo Tadeo is accused of killing a Pomeranian owned by Andrea Armintrout and then struck her with it. The AJC identifies Armintrout as Tadeo’s wife. To read the Huffington Post Story, click here. To read the AJC story, click here.

The AJC reports that Tadeo is facing felony animal cruelty charges. Armintrout is being charged with obstruction of justice, the AJC reported.

In January, Reporter Newspapers profiled Ahimsa House, an organization that protects pets of domestic violence victims, animals can often become pawns in an abuser’s attempts to control victims.

Ahimsa House estimates that 50 percent of domestic violence victims are afraid to leave their abusers because they worry about their pets.

To read more about Ahimsa House, click here.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of