North Carolina man accused in fatal stabbing of mother’s dog

Published 6:05 pm Thursday, February 18, 2021

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A North Carolina man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after investigators said he stabbed his mother’s dog to death, a sheriff’s office said.

An arrest warrant from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office accused John Ryan Stout, 29, killed his mother’s dog, news outlets reported. According to a sheriff’s office spokesperson, deputies were alerted to the dog’s possible killing on Feb. 5 and went to Stout’s home, where he said the dog died of natural causes and was buried in the backyard.

Several days later, the sheriff’s office said, a 911 caller told authorities they found a dead dog inside a trash bag. The spokesperson said a necropsy showed the dog had been stabbed to death, and the dog was identified as belonging to Stout’s mother.

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Stout was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with felony cruelty to animals and jailed on $10,000 bond, which was raised to $25,000 following his first court appearance Thursday. It couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.



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