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BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

A Jackson Heights man is facing charges of aggravated animal cruelty after allegedly throwing his girlfriend’s Chihuahua to the floor during a verbal dispute in front of the woman’s daughter.

Prosecutors said Carlos Hernandez, 32, of 73rd Street in Jackson Heights got into an argument with his girlfriend at her home in Forest Hills on Jan. 10 at around 4:15 p.m. During the dispute, Hernandez allegedly grabbed the Chihuahua out of her hands and slammed it to the floor, causing it to bleed from its ears, collapse on the floor, and die minutes later.

His girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter, who was the dog’s caregiver, witnessed the incident.

Hernandez was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.

The arrest was announced Monday as Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced the creation of a special unit in his office dedicated to prosecuting animal cruelty cases.

“Such acts of aggression toward animals cannot — and will not — be tolerated,” Brown said.

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