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Police: York City man choked girlfriend, 7-pound Yorkie

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch
Michael Hudson

A York City man choked his girlfriend and tried to kill his 7-pound dog on Sunday, York City Police said.

Michael Hudson, 42, is charged with strangulation, a felony. He's also charged with simple assault, cruelty to animals and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

Police responded to the incident about 12:10 a.m. on Jan. 26 in the 100 block of East College Place. Hudson was allegedly drinking and doing drugs at the time of the assault, police said. 

He allegedly sat on top of his girlfriend so she couldn't get up from their bed and began to choke her. There were visible scratches and red marks on the woman's neck, police said. 

Afterward, Hudson went downstairs and began to choke their 7-pound Yorkie named Pepper, "so that it couldn't breathe, in an attempt to kill the dog," charging documents allege.

Officers attempted to arrest Hudson, who refused by pulling his arms away toward the center of his body. He continued to resist when he was taken the ground, but he was eventually placed in cuffs, according to police. 

Hudson is at York County Prison and was unable to post bail. His bail is set at $5,000.

His preliminary hearing will be at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7 in front of District Judge Ronald Haskell Jr.  

Correction: The photo of an individual who was not Michael Hudson was initially online with this story. The photo has been removed and updated with Michael Hudson's mugshot.

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @tina_locurto.