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Atlanta Falcons' Babineaux Arrested

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) _ Gwinnett County police say Atlanta
Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux denied responsibility
for the death of his girlfriend's dog, which led to felony animal
abuse charges against the player.
Police says officers were dispatched Sunday evening to the
Animal Emergency Center of Gwinnett neaer Lawrenceville, where the
staff told them that 24-year-old Blair Anderson had arrived with a
pit bull mix that was dead upon arrival.
Police said Anderson and the 25-year-old Babineaux had argued at
their home. She said she went to the movies, and when she returned,
she found the year-and-a-half hold dog named Kilo in ``severe
physical distress.''
Babineaux met with officers at the hospital, where he said he
was not responsible for the dog's death. Police said his account of
what happened was inconsistent with the information of the dog's
injuries that was provided by the animal hospital. He was arrested.
The cause of death awaits a necropsy. Police say preliminary
information indicates that Kilo died from a massive blow to the
head.
Lieutenant Derrick Locklear, shift commander for the Gwinnett
County Sheriff's Office, said Babineaux was released just before 8
a-m yesterday on a 23-hundred dollar bond.
Falcons spokesman Reggie Roberts said that until the team has
the information it needs, there would be no comment.
Babineaux played in all 16 games and recorded 28 tackles last
season.


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