Jefferson Kitt, 47, of 169 Compo Road South, was charged with animal cruelty about 7 p.m. April 8.

His arrest followed a neighbor's complaint to police that Kitt was punching his dog in the head. The dog was taken to Norwalk Emergency Veterinary Hospital for treatment and found to not be seriously injured. It was housed by Westport Animal Control for safe keeping.

Kitt was charged with cruelty to animals and released on a written promise to appear April 15 in Norwalk Superior Court.