Man arrested for felony after allegedly beating puppy with stick

A homeless man was reportedly arrested on Sunday night for animal cruelty after he allegedly beat a puppy in the head with “a big stick”.

Adrian Dean Lyles-Carlson, 31, who lists ‘city streets’ as his residence, was arrested shortly after 8pm and charged with aggravated cruelty to a dog, cat or horse, a felony punishable by six years from prison.

Lyles-Carlson, who lists no criminal history, was being held on $2,500 bail and was scheduled to appear in Garland County District Court on Monday.

According to the probable cause affidavit, at around 8 p.m. Sunday, Hot Springs Police Officer 1st Class Shannon Steed responded to Walgreens, 159 E. Grand Ave., regarding an “animal problem.”

A female witness said she saw a white male hitting a tan and white pup several times in the head with “a big stick”. The woman said she heard the puppy “yelp and cry loudly” and provided a description of the clothing of the man involved.

Steed made contact with a man, later identified as Lyles-Carlson, holding a puppy on the corner of Malvern Avenue and East Grand and noted that he matched the description. A stick about 7 feet long was next to him and the witness said it was the stick he used to hit the puppy.

The affidavit noted that Lyles-Carlson was also observed “hitting the pup” multiple times with his fists. He was taken into custody and transported to Garland County Detention Center for treatment.

As he made his way to jail, he reportedly said off the cuff that he ‘hit his dog’ because he ‘couldn’t feel the dog breathe’ because he had nerve damage in his hands. He reportedly said the 8-10 week old puppy was his “trained service animal”.

Hot Springs Animal Services responded to the incident and took custody of the pup.

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Jennifer R. Strohm