Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Man charged after putting his dog out of its misery

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- A Palm Beach County man has been charged with fatally cutting his dog.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's reports that 39-year-old Kenneth Russell Hall had taken his pit bull-lab mix to a friend's Lake Worth home Saturday night, and his dog got into a fight with another dog. Some time after the fight, Hall reportedly told his friend he was going to put his dog out of her misery.
The friend told deputies that Hall cut the dog's throat twice with a pocketknife and then stabbed her in the sides. Hall later told deputies that he loved the dog and didn't want her to suffer anymore.
Hall was charged with animal cruelty with death. He was being held on $10,000 bail.

NWF Daily News

Update May 25, 2010 9:51pm - Photo of Hall released by WPBF.

Update May 27, 2011 - The following article is by Matthew Hendley, New Times:

Atlantis Dog-Throat-Slitter Shows Up to Court, Gets Shipped Off to Prison

Kenneth Hall -- the Atlantis man who slit his dog's throat and skipped out on his court date yesterday -- showed up to the courtroom this morning to enter a plea agreement and be hauled off to prison.

Last year, one of Hall's friends told the cops he watched him cut the throat of his 8-year-old dog, Fancy, a pit bull/Labrador mix.

Hall pleaded guilty to felony animal abuse this morning, and will serve one year in prison as part of the plea agreement.

The cops say that last May, Fancy was playing around with one of his friend's dogs, when Hall told his friend he was going to "put Fancy out of her misery."

The friend told police he saw Hall grab a pocket knife and cut the dog's throat, then stab it again for good measure.

Hall later told the cops the second stabbing was "to speed up the process."

According to police, there was no evidence the dog was injured before Hall killed the dog, but it was a little more clear to investigators after they interviewed Hall's girlfriend.

She told the cops her and Hall had a fight the night before in which she called Atlantis police to their place.

The woman told police that Hall called her after he allegedly killed Fancy and said, "I told you if you call the cops, I was going to kill her."

According to the Palm Beach County Jail, that was Hall's ninth arrest, including a conviction for DUI with serious injury in 2004.

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