The Daily Herald reports that police say the 14-pound Cockapoo named Romeo was beaten while the man and his girlfriend were having guests over for a holiday dinner. The girlfriend was on her way home from work.
Witnesses told police that the man grew frustrated when the dog wouldn't stop begging for food.
A police affidavit says a necropsy showed the dog suffered broken ribs and a torn aorta.
Jonah Brown was arrested Monday and booked into the Snohomish County Jail after police reviewed a veterinarian's report.