A Kentucky man allegedly slipped broken razor blades into pieces of Canadian bacon and left them for his neighbor’s dog because it barked too much.
Robert Hamme, 60, was arrested on charges of animal torture Sunday after he admitted to leaving the fatal snacks in his neighbor Jim Stotts’ yard.
Stotts had to put down the family dog, a 14-year-old beagle mix named Nibbles, because he had a blockage just outside his stomach.
"He couldn't eat, couldn't drink. Every time he tried to drink, he would throw up in the water bowl. He was in agony. Every time he'd lay down and look up at me and crawl towards me, you could tell he was in serious pain," Stotts told WLKY-TV from his yard in Elizabethtown.
The family was unable to afford the $600 treatment to remove the blockage. Three days after the family realized he was sick, Nibbles was gone.
"[Nibbles] didn't have an enemy in the world. Got along with every other dog in the area, just a real outgoing friendly dog," Stotts said.
The same day Nibbles died, Stotts stopped his other dog Bolt from chewing on something in the yard.
"What it was was Canadian bacon that had been cut in half with broken pieces of razor blade stuffed in the straight side,” he explained. “I found three pieces. The fourth piece was the one Nibbles got.”
Nibbles and Bolt aren't the only ones who play in that yard.
"We've got a 2-year-old grandson. He comes over and plays outside. It could've been him that found that piece of Canadian bacon and with razorblades in it and ate it," Stotts said.
The family pressed charges against Hamme. He was charged with two counts of animal torture, one a Class A misdemeanor for physical injury and the other a Class D felony since the dog died as a result of the alleged torture.
"He wanted to kill the dogs,” Stotts said. “He knew what he was doing. It was just an evil act. There's no rhyme or reason or justification for something like this."
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