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Falcon charged with animal cruelty

LAWRENCEVILLE - Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was arrested Monday morning and charged with felony animal cruelty.

Cpl. Darren Moloney, Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman, said Babineaux was arrested early Monday, but said he did not know any specifics about the case.

Moloney said a report and details concerning the player's case, including where Babineaux lives and how he was arrested, would not be released Monday.

The Texas native was not listed on the docket for the Gwinnett County Detention Center on Monday afternoon.

Lt. Derrick Locklear, shift commander for the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department, said Babineaux was released at 7:53 a.m. Monday on a $2,300 bond.

Reggie Roberts, spokesman for the Falcons, released a statement concerning the players arrest. "We're aware of the situation and we're in the process of gathering information. Until we have the information we need, we will have no further comment," he said.

Roberts nor other members of the Falcons communications staff would answer phone calls or return messages left by the Post.

According to the team's Web site, Babineaux, 25, was drafted by the Falcons in 2005 after playing for the University of Iowa.