Animal Rights

Man Does Something Awful To Daughter's Dog

| by Nicholas Roberts
Patrick Zane ThompsonPatrick Zane Thompson

A father of four and former Arizona State University football player was arrested on May 14 on suspicion of animal cruelty after he admitted to killing his family's dog because his daughter wore a shirt he did not agree with.

Patrick Zane Thompson, 42, faces charges of assault, threats against his family and tampering with evidence in addition to the animal cruelty charge, according to KPHO.

Police in Goodyear, Arizona, were called to investigate a disturbance at a house in the town.  When they arrived, they discovered Thompson lying on the sidewalk making "erratic comments" to himself.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned Thompson had become extremely upset with a shirt worn by his 17-year-old daughter when he arrived home. He then reportedly took the shirt out to an industrial-sized barbecue smoker in a trailer in his side yard and burned it, according to AZ Central.

Investigators were told by members of Thompson's family, including his daughter and wife, that he became even more erratic when he came back into the house.  He told them that he needed to "make a sacrifice" of a male in the house -- either himself, his 6-year-old son or the family dog.

The family reportedly pleaded with Thompson not to kill the dog, but he broke the animal's neck, strangled it, and told police he then had to put the dog in a "lake of fire." The family fled the house and contacted law enforcement.

Officers found the remains of the dog in the smoker. Thompson said he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and began to have an "episode," court documents show.

Thompson's wife of 21 years asked officers to charge her husband, reports KMOV.

The state requested Thompson be held on a $100,000 or more bail to ensure the safety of his children. He was booked into a Maricopa County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail and will appear in court on May 23.

Sources: KPHO, AZ Central / Photo credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via KMOV

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