CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -

A man admitted to beating his dog when police officers asked him why the animal was limping, according to an arrest report.

Andre Ayala, 20, was arrested Friday.

On Friday morning, a man told Coral Springs Police officers he had heard someone screaming and beating a dog for about 10 minutes near his apartment complex at 2920 Forest Hills Boulevard. A humane officer then told police a similar complaint was filed a few days earlier.

When officers arrived at Ayala's apartment, he walked up with his dog, a German Shepherd mix, according to an arrest report. The dog appeared to be injured and was walking with a limp.

Police said when they asked Ayala why his dog was limping, he answered, "Because I beat him."

Ayala reportedly told police he beat the dog because he was chewing his girlfriend's shoes.

According to the arrest report, Ayala told police he hit the dog with an open hand five or six times. The humane officer took the dog to Coral Springs Pet Resort and Medical Center.

Andre Ayala

Ayala is charged with one count of animal cruelty.