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Man arrested after allegedy hitting girlfriend and her dog

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Lisa Martinez said her boyfriend, Steven Belisle, repeatedly hit her dog "as hard as he could" after the pit bull lunged at Belisle after he hit Martinez in the face, according to a charging affidavit.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

A man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend and then hitting her dog after the dog lunged at him, according to a charging affidavit by the Flagler Beach Police Department.

On Sept. 23, officers were dispatched to 312 S. Second St. in Bunnell in reference to a physical disturbance.

Lisa Martinez, 31, said she got into an argument with her boyfriend of three months, Steven Belisle, 27, when she got home from work and saw him texting someone who Martinez believed to be his ex-girlfriend, according to the affidavit. Martinez then asked Belisle to leave her home and locked him out. Martinez said he re-entered using a spare key and then struck Martinez in the face with the back of his hand.

Martinez said her gray pit bull then lunged at Belisle, who repeatedly struck the dog “as hard as he could,” according to the affidavit. Martinez then told police that Belisle threw a stainless steel cup full of alcohol at the back of her head as he fled the area.

Police observed that Martinez had a large bruise on her right bicep, swelling on the back of her head, swelling on her cheeks, a small laceration inside her lip and a limp due to falling on her left leg during the struggle.

Belisle was charged with aggravated battery/domestic violence and cruelty to animals.

He was released on Monday, Sept. 25, and is awaiting trial.

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