updated 12/29/2010 3:50:48 PM ET 2010-12-29T20:50:48

Police say a Colorado man is suspected of stomping his girlfriend's puppy to death because she wouldn't answer her phone.

Colorado Springs police arrested 25-year-old Christopher Blackstone on suspicion of felony cruelty to animals after his girlfriend discovered her dog wrapped in a garbage bag in a trash bin outside her apartment on Dec. 24.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Wednesday that police say Blackstone argued with his girlfriend at their apartment and ignored his calls after she left.

She told police that she later got a text message telling her that if she had answered her phone her "dog would still be alive." The dog was between 3 and 5 months old.

Blackstone was being held on $10,000 bond at the El Paso County Jail.

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