HOOKSETT, N.H. (WHDH) - Police arrested a New Hampshire man after he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s cat in Hooksett on Thursday.

Officers responding to a report of a domestic argument that occurred over the phone between Jose Castro, 30, of Hooksett, and his girlfriend arrived at the Carrington Farms apartments on Mammoth Road just before 10 p.m. spoke with the couple and learned that a cat may have been killed before the girlfriend got there, according to Hooksett police.

Castro initially denied killing the cat before admitting to suffocating the pet because he was upset due to the argument with his girlfriend, police said.

Officers reportedly found the dead cat in a dumpster outside the apartment building.

Castro was arrested for domestic violence — animal cruelty and domestic violence — criminal mischief.

He is slated to be arraigned at a later date in Merrimack Superior Court.

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