PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) — Pueblo Police Department officers cited a man for animal cruelty following a domestic disturbance at 4:30 a.m. Sunday. The man allegedly threw a puppy against the hood of a car parked in the 400 block of South Santa Fe Avenue.

Officers found the puppy huddled underneath the vehicle.

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Officer Keegan Verdugo lured the animal to safety by tempting it with some of his leftover dinner.

(credit: Pueblo Police Department)

The man told police “he’d tried meth for the first time,” according to a press release from PPD. “It didn’t go well for him and he was apparently hallucinating.”

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The man was wearing only boxer briefs when police arrived. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The car, with a woman and her daughter inside, ran out of gas. A citizen who witnessed the incident took the mother and daughter to and from a gas station and refilled the vehicle’s tank.

(credit: Pueblo Police Department)

Animal Control officers took possession of the puppy.

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It “hopefully will find a good home,” PPD’s release stated.