A man charged with beating his girlfriend, breaking into her apartment, and hanging her Jack Russell terrier puppy
will be arraigned today.
Gerald Anthony Ortega, 25, has a court date today at 1:30 p.m. at the Contra Costa Superior Court in Pittsburg, according to the Contra Costa County public defender's office.
The Antioch man was arrested last week after a Concord woman accused him of being an abusive boyfriend for three years, threatening to kill her children, and burglarizing her home. During that break-in, Ortega allegedly strangled the dog with an electrical cord suspended from a ceiling light fixture.
Ortega faces charges of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant, cruelty to animals, and making terrorist threats, according to the Concord Police.