HOWARD CO., Md. (WJZ) — A 24-year-old Laurel man is behind bars after police say he stabbed and disemboweled a dog last month.

Omar Beniah-Jovan Gertman has been charged with felony animal cruelty, second-degree assault, and malicious destruction of property.

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The Howard County Police Department reports this happened on June 12, after officers were called to the 9600 block of Covered Wagon Dr. when a woman called 911 to say a family member had just stabbed their family dog.

Animal Control officers were also called to the scene, and helped transport the Yorkshire Terrier, named Boo, to a local animal hospital.

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Authorities say the dog was disemboweled, and was not initially expected to survive, but has recovered from his injuries.

Police say Gertman, who was later found at a hotel in a neighboring town, also assaulted someone and destroyed a TV and coffee maker.

He is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

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