NEW YORK — An officer accused in a domestic violence case of hitting his girlfriend with his service dog while he was on duty has been indicted by a grand jury, according to court records.
Officer Michael Eberle, 31, of the Bronx, faces one count of domestic violence, one count each of misdemeanor assault and simple assault, and two counts of battery, according a court filing late Wednesday.
The charges are misdemeanors and do not carry prison time.
Eberle is being held without bail.
Emberle and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Brittany Maynard, were charged with battery on a police animal in November, according and to the New York Police Department.
Eberles attorney, Richard Cohen, said Eberlet was upset after his girlfriend left him for a date and the dog barked when he didn’t come back.
Maynard said Ebers anger was due to an incident at her home in December that involved Eberlear hitting her with his truck, according the complaint filed in U.S. District Court.
The incident happened in a rural area in northern New York, according police.
Ebers girlfriend told police that Eberlets dog had barked at her and that she and Eberlett were arguing over their relationship, according her complaint.
The complaint said the two argued about Maynard being pregnant and the baby.
The complaint said Eoberle grabbed Maynard and threw her to the ground.
Mayard suffered bruises and swelling to her face, arms, neck and chest, the complaint said.
May and Ebers were together on a date, according May’s complaint.
Ebers was driving and May was driving, the filing said.
The charges were not listed as charges in the complaint.
In a written statement to The Associated Press, Maynard’s attorney said the couple were married in May and they were separated.
“They are working hard together and are not estranged,” attorney Peter A. Smith said in a statement.
“They are living together with their son, and he has no idea about the allegations.”
Eberles family did not respond to messages seeking comment.
A court filing did not indicate if Eberlestons dog was a service dog or not.
The U.K.-based Dogwood Foundation, which promotes pet rights, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The U.N. Working Group on Animal Rights is urging all countries to ban the use of service animals.