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Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend Then Pummeling Dog That Sought To Protect Her

| September 25, 2017

Steven R. Belisle

Steven R. Belisle.

Steven R. Belisle, a 27-year-old resident of Central Avenue in Flagler Beach, is facing a felony aggravated battery charge for allegedly striking and throwing an object at his 31-year-old girlfriend, and pummeling and kicking her pit bull after the dog lunged at him in an apparent effort to protect his owner from Belisle.

The alleged incident took place early Saturday morning after the woman got home from work. Belisle, her boyfriend of three months, was at her apartment. The two were sitting outside talking when, she told police, Belisle accused her of cheating on him with one of her coworkers. (They both work at different bars in Flagler Beach.) She asked him to leave and tried to go into the apartment. They struggled. She managed to get away, go in, and lock the door. But he had a key and let himself in. “The argument continued to escalate from there,” Belisle’s arrest report states, with Belisle allegedly striking the woman in the face with the backside of his hand.

At that point the woman’s gray pit bull lunged at Belisle, the report states. Belisle, according to the woman, then “turned his attention to her dog and started striking it with a closed fist with both hands,” and he continued to strike the dog “as hard as he could,” in the woman’s words, reportedly following the dog into another room as he continued to do so. The woman told police that Belisle “was also kicking the dog,” though the dog showed no signs of visible injuries.

The woman said she was able to stop Belisle and the argument cooled down, only to re-escalate when Belisle tried to use his phone and the woman broke a portion of it when she tried to take it away from him. He became “really pissed,” in her words, and started throwing candles and glass vases around the apartment, breaking them. When Belisle allegedly pushed the woman out of the way as he tried to leave the apartment, the dog lunged at him again, but somehow, the report states, Belisle “started to again strike her in the face, causing her to fall to the ground,” the report alleges, referring to the woman, “and stated that he would ‘beat up’ both her and her dog.” Belisle also fell, giving the woman an opportunity to call 911.

She tried to block Belisle’s way when he tried to leave after that because, she said, she didn’t want him leaving before police showed up. But he did. She said he pushed her out of the way, opened the door, and allegedly threw a 20-ounce “Yeti”-stile stainless steel container full of alcohol at the woman’s head. She was about three feet from him. Police noted a 2-inch knot or swelling on the back of her head, a 5-inch red and purple bruise on the inside of her right bicep, redness and swelling on her face, a small laceration on her lip, and a limp, as she had twisted her ankle when she’d fallen.

Several attempts to locate Belisle failed that morning, but he was found on Sunday and booked at the Flagler County jail that afternoon on a cruelty to animals charge, a third-degree felony, and an aggravated battery-domestic violence charge, a second degree felony. He posted $7,500 bond and was released this morning.

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10 Responses for “Man Accused of Attacking Girlfriend Then Pummeling Dog That Sought To Protect Her”

  1. ASF says:

    They both sound like they could use a few months in rehab and quit their jobs at their respective bars–and never see each other again.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Seems a little bold to start throwing out a bunch of ellegides

  3. ConstantlyAmazed says:

    And we wonder why tourists are not flocking to Flagler County ?

  4. GT says:

    I hope she is cheating on him, loser!

  5. Just the truth says:

    A pit bull protecting its owner, they are devoted dogs to their owners, they get a bad rap and it is only because of those that mistreat them.

  6. Sw says:

    She is free to do what she wants especially now. Over possessive power and control 50s mentality loser that deserves whatever he gets and then some. Jealousy should have been leftback in High School.

  7. Trailer Bob says:

    When someone cheats on you…you leave…period. Guess he didn’t want to lose his apartment key.

  8. Capt says:

    Another one of Flagler Counties finest. Take my word for it, the man will do this again to someone else or to the same person.

  9. Outsider says:

    Sure Just the Truth; now explain to me why two loving pit bulls ate my neighbors’ horse alive. I’m sick of hearing about the pit bull bullshit.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Who would bail the animal out? Beat his gf and then her dog! I wonder what his Mama would say?

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