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.