Alice police and animal control officers responded to a report of animal cruelty Tuesday afternoon after a man allegedly killed a dog by kicking it during an argument with a woman at a residence in the 400 block of Loma Street.

According to the report, at 3:30 p.m. Officer Jose A. Rodriguez was dispatched to the 400 block of Loma Street in reference to cruelty to animals.

Upon arrival he made contact with animal control officer Rosemary Hawkins and a witness. The witness told the officer that between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday his neighbors, identified as a man and a woman, were arguing inside their residence.

The witness stated the woman came outside to the backyard and the man followed her out, grabbed her by the hair and pulled her back inside the house.

The witness told police the man then went back outside and kicked a small dog which was chained in the backyard near the back entrance of the residence. He said the dog did not move after it was kicked and that today, about 40 minutes prior to police arrival, he discovered the dog dead.

According to the report, photographs were taken of the dog, the residence and the area the dog was taken from by animal control. Hawkins also advised when they picked up the dog it was not connected to the chain in the backyard.

The dog's remains were taken to the Alice Animal Shelter at 1150 Commerce Street.

According to the report, Rodriguez then attempted to make contact with the residents, but the woman who answered the door told the officer she did not live there and was taking care of a child belonging to the resident.

Rodriguez questioned the woman about the residents of the house and was advised that no one else was inside the residence. According to the report, the officer then heard someone else inside, whom the woman said was her boyfriend, and smelled "the odor of marijuana smoke coming from inside."

The officer entered the residence and searched the general area for narcotics, but none were found, the report states. The woman was told to advise the owner of the residence of the cruelty to animals charges pending and the dog's remains were taken by animal control.

The case was referred to the criminal investigations division for further investigation.