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Oklahoma City man accused of killing girlfriend's chinchilla during argument

Alvin Wallace Jr., 20, of Oklahoma City, threw the animal to the ground “in a violent manner,” a witness told police.
by Tim Willert Modified: November 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm •  Published: November 27, 2012

A man is accused of killing his girlfriend's chinchilla during a domestic dispute, court papers show.

Alvin Wallace Jr., 20, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Nov. 12 at a residence in the 4600 block of W Nicklas Avenue after a witness told police she saw him “holding a small animal in his hand” and “throw it to the ground in a violent manner,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

The animal was a chinchilla, police reported.

Chinchillas are rodents, slightly larger than ground squirrels, and have velvet-like fur.

Oklahoma County prosecutors said Monday they plan to charge Wallace as soon as Tuesday with one count of cruelty to animals, a felony. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Oklahoma City police were called to the residence to investigate a domestic disturbance, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors allege Wallace took the chinchilla from his girlfriend during an argument threw it on the ground.

Wallace was released from the Oklahoma County jail Nov. 13 after posting bail, a detention officer said.

Attempts to reach Wallace for comment were unsuccessful. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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