Teddy Sexton, 32, and Corey Bowen, 31, both are facing fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals after they allegedly used a chainsaw to kill a 2-year-old pit bull named Thor because it bit a child, San Juan County Sheriff’s Lt. Dwayne Faverino said.
It is believed children may have witnessed the incident.
“Of course he had just witnessed the dog attack a little girl,” Defense Attorney Eric Morrow, said in court Thursday of why the men killed the dog. “Previous to that it attacked a little boy.”
Because Sexton is on felony probation he told deputies he could not obtain a gun. Instead he grabbed kitchen knife and went to where the dog was chained up, Faverino said.
He and Bowen attempted to cut the dog’s throat, but were having difficulty and grabbed the chainsaw.
“Ultimately the issue is the method of putting the dog down,” Deputy District Attorney Brent Capshaw said during Bowen’s appearance.
Morrow attempted to mitigate the circumstances of the killing.
“It was a pit bull, it wasn’t just any dog,” he said. “He just witnessed a little girl have a hole in her neck.”
Sheriff’s deputies determined Thor previously bit a 7-year-old boy in the leg and on the day of the incident nipped a girl in the neck, Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Black said.
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