William Woodson, 22, is being held on $25,000 bail in the Allegheny County Jail, pending a preliminary hearing on animal cruelty at 1 p.m. next Monday before District Judge Elaine McGraw in Bridgeville.
The puppy, a 13-week-old pit bull named Flip, had been the focal point of recent arguments between Mr. Woodson and his girlfriend, Christine Gielarowski, 21, with whom Mr. Woodson lives on Jane Way.
Ms. Gielarowski still may face charges after she gave police a false name and address, then refused to identify her boyfriend as the suspect, officials said.
Gielarowski told police that Woodson kicked the dog up and down the street because it refused to walk with them. Woodson then allegedly walked away from the dying puppy and his girlfriend before police responded to a call about the abuse.
Woodson's day presumably got worse when his Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in overtime.