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Decatur (Herald & Review) -- A 21-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal after officers arrived to the man's residence and found a beaten dog in the bathtub covered in urine and blood, police said.

Detective Sgt. Steve Carroll of the Decatur Police Department said a 30-year-old woman who called police said she and the man were arguing about who the owner of the dog was. Both claimed the female pit bull to be theirs, and the man said he was not giving the dog to the woman, Carroll said.

Police officers found the dog, still alive, with a rope wrapped around its neck, a bloody nose and blood on top of its head, Carroll said. The dog's right eye was swollen, and the suspect did not offer a motive for beating the dog.

The dog was taken by Macon County Animal Control for treatment. The pitbull is in stable condition and is receiving veterinary care, said Sgt. Matt Reynolds, animal control administrator.

The dog had a laceration on its head, scrapes and swelling of the head, Reynolds confirmed Friday. He said donations are not being taken for the treatment of the dog. The veterinary costs will be taken care by animal control, which is overseen by the sheriff's office.

The 21-year-old suspect is facing a preliminary Class 4 felony charge of aggravated cruelty to an animal and is being held on $9,700 bond in the Macon County Jail. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.

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