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Man charged in deaths of kitten poodle

A Rock Hill man is accused of throwing a poodle and a kitten from a moving car, a police report states, and now he faces two charges of animal cruelty.

Travis Dewayne Small of 307 S. Jones Ave., was still at-large Monday, but York County Sheriff's deputies have arrest warrants and are looking for the 29-year-old suspect, authorities said Monday.

Small faces two felony counts of ill treatment of animals after a Friday incident near Rock Hill, according to a Sheriff's report. The report states Small and his 27-year-old sister were traveling on U.S. 21 near S.C. 5 around 5:45 p.m. Friday when Small became angry during an argument. His sister told deputies Small grabbed his girlfriend's kitten and threw it out the car window while driving about 50 mph.

The woman said Small then grabbed her toy poodle and threw it out the window, too, according to the report. The sister told deputies Small "grabbed both animals by their neck and slammed them with a 'manly throw' into the ground on the side of the road while he was driving," according to the report.

After driving several miles, the woman told police she convinced Small to turn around. The report states she found the two animals dead on the side of the road, but neither appeared to have been hit by another vehicle.

Deputies reported to the scene and took pictures of the poodle on the road side for evidence, the report states. They could not locate the kitten.

Small's sister told deputies her 5-year-old son witnessed the event from the back seat of the car. She also told police Small is receiving treatment for use of methamphetamine drugs, according to the report.

If convicted, Small faces a maximum of 5 years in prison on each count of cruelty.

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