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La Crosse man charged in brutal death of Charlie the chihuahua

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Police say he beat dog, swung him into TV stand

Bryde Jones faces a felony charge in the beating death of his girlfriend’s dog.  

The 38-year-old La Crosse man denies swinging or throwing the 12-pound dog but his girlfriend claimed she saw it.

She came downstairs to see the 38-year-old man hitting the dog the couple adopted in June. Jones then told her to go back upstairs or “her kids were going to see what he was doing to the dog,” the criminal complaint read. The girlfriend then saw Jones swing the dog by his leash into a TV stand.

She came downstairs later and found Charlie dead, still attached to his leash.

The woman also said she got a text from Jones in which he wrote about the dog being dead, “hope the bitch suffered…LMAO.”

Jones denies killing the male dog but did admit to police he whipped the chihuahua for biting him and pooping in the house. Jones also told police he doesn’t remember abusing Charlie.

He could get three years in prison if found guilty.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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