A man has been charged with malicious damage and offensive behaviour after a Chinese Crested Powderpuff dog had its teeth knocked out in Sydney.
A 40-year-old woman was walking her two dogs - Sootie the Powderpuff and Timmy - in The Rocks about 10pm on Tuesday when she sat down on a park bench.
The woman's dogs rushed towards the dog of a man before the man intervened, police say.
The three pooches came "into conflict", NSW Police Chief Inspector David Vidal told reporters on Wednesday.
"During that conflict, both parties tried to separate the dogs and at some stage one of the dogs of the female lost two front teeth," Insp Vidal said.
NSW Police in an earlier statement said the dog's teeth had been kicked out by the man.
"Following an interaction and a verbal confrontation where the man was allegedly verbally aggressive towards the woman, he allegedly grabbed the woman's phone and threw it on the ground, stomping on it before walking away," a police spokesman said in a statement on Thursday.
It's alleged the woman's phone was stomped on after she took a photo of the man.
Insp Vidal alleged the man initially walked away but returned when bystanders tried to help the woman. A "conflict" then allegedly broke out between the man and two bystanders.
CCTV footage shows the man aggressively yelling at the woman as she holds her dogs by their collars, according to police.
A 63-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night and charged with malicious damage and offensive behaviour.
He was granted conditional bail and is due appear before Downing Centre Local Court on January 8.
The injured dog is expected to make a full recovery.
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