Dog Abuse

Suspect Arrested in Washington Dog Rape/Murder Case


A suspect was arrested Saturday in Grays Harbor County, Washington for the brutal sexual assault and murder of a dog found hanging by her neck from a tree in March.

A mountain biker came across a dead dog hanging from a tree branch in the Summit Lake area of Thurston County, Washington on March 21.   A veterinary necropsy showed that the dog had been brutally sexually assaulted before being hung, and finally dying of asphyxiation.

James Leroy Evans, 33, was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Diamond.

James Leroy Evans, 33, was arrested for the brutal rape and murder of Diamond.

The suspect, James Leroy Evans, 33, was arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree animal abuse by Thurston County Joint Animal Services and is being held on $50,000 bail. Evans is a convicted felon whose criminal history includes domestic violence, burglary and controlled substance charges. The case aired on “Washington’s Most Wanted” last week and generated tips that ultimately led to the suspect.

Evans told investigators he killed the dog because she killed his pet iguana.

In court records, authorities said  Evans “seemed pleased with himself” over killing Diamond. “I believe that Mr. Evans felt like he was doing the right thing by putting her down,” Thurston County animal control officer Erika Johnson told Q13 Fox.

Erika Johnson, while working the case, had originally named the dog “Justice.” But, investigators have since learned her name was Diamond.  A 3-year old Pitbull mix, Diamond worked as a therapy dog for her owner’s 8 year old son.

Diamond was temporarily staying with Evans, who offered to care for her while her owners found permanent housing that allowed dogs. Diamond had only been living with Evans for about four days before she was raped and killed.

“What this man allegedly did to Diamond is unspeakable; she suffered tremendously before she died.  This person is a danger to animals and people.  This will forever be a case that is burned into my mind and my heart,” Pasado’s Safe Haven’s lead investigator said.  “Diamond will never be forgotten, and she will continue to drive me to pursue the monsters who abuse and neglect animals.”

Evans’ next court appearance is scheduled for April 26.



  1. Tammy Hausmann

    Apr 21, 2016 at 8:48 am


  2. Lucy

    Apr 17, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I am in disbelief…..

  3. denise

    Apr 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    That is the most awful thing I have ever EVER heard. What a huge menace to society.I hope he goes to prison, gets raped and then hung by his testacles and
    tortured for hurting that poor animal. And all that will still be to good for him.

  4. Donna Smith

    Apr 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    This sick fuck needs to be castrated and gang raped for every day he is in jail. Then hung by a tree and watch him die while occasionally hitting him with plastic pipes and setting his feet on fire. Oh and let’s not forget the target practice with a bow gun.

  5. Sharri

    Apr 14, 2016 at 12:41 am

    He needs to get the lethal injection- which is too good for him in my opinion- before he dors this to a woman or a child!

  6. Marnee Johnson

    Apr 14, 2016 at 12:34 am

    This is just one of the worst! He should rot in Hell!
    Run free Dismind girl…

  7. Tommy

    Apr 14, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Hope he gets raped in jail like he did to Diamond the sick piece of shit.

  8. Vicky Pittsley

    Apr 13, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Wow. What a sick bastard. I hope he gets what is coming to him. God please remove the evil in our world. RIP sweet baby girl Diamond. There are more sick people in this world every day. So sad.

  9. Niamh

    Apr 13, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Hard to believe that if a dog attacked another dog or human they would be destroyed as being too dangerous for society yet scum like this will never get the sentence deserved for the crime … Tougher sentencing is needed world wide . I despair of the human race sometimes ..

  10. Blakbart

    Apr 13, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Thank God there is now a national animal abuse registry. This sicko psycho has the mark of Cain for the rest of his unnatural life, hopefully won’t hurt anyone or anything else.

  11. carol McClelland

    Apr 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Sick Scum hope he gets Jailed for a long time

  12. Irene butler

    Apr 13, 2016 at 8:59 am

    What a sick perverted piece of shit!!! Hang him from the highest tree!! Tears are running down my cheeks. RIP beautiful Diamond. God bless.

  13. Betty Lou Plymale

    Apr 13, 2016 at 8:58 am

    If this sick psychopath can do this to an innocent animal,imagine what he would do to an innocent child! He needs to be locked up and kept away from animals and society!

  14. Deborah Merritt

    Apr 13, 2016 at 1:53 am

    monster blaming the victim the monster said the therapy dog killed his iguana.

    there is no iguana!

  15. Katherine M.

    Apr 13, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Sick fuck needs to be taken the same way he took Diamond…RIP BABY GIRL

  16. S.W.

    Apr 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm


  17. Paula

    Apr 12, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    They need to return the favor to him hope he gets raped and beat in jail every day!creep!


    Apr 12, 2016 at 9:46 pm


  19. Malcolm McLaughlin

    Apr 12, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Euthanize that pervert – the world would be better with him dead.

  20. Grace Turner

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    This scum needs to beaten, sexually abused, and hung…. He is a murder….. Plain and simple…. He is sick and should DIE…

  21. carol McClelland

    Apr 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    This Scumbag is sick I hope he gets Jailed for a long time

  22. Lynn

    Apr 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    If a dog bites someone it is put down after ten days of confinement. Keep him for ten days, and put him down. No trial. He confessed. He is just a sick ass.

  23. Fran

    Apr 12, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    He should die the same way that Diamond it. He is a discusting excuse for a human being!

  24. Julie nichols

    Apr 12, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    This idiot needs to get what he deserves when he goes to prison…. He don’t deserve to breath air on this earth. Wether it be an animal or a person, god put them on this earth for a reason. And not for him to torture and kill her. Sick sick sick sorry excuse for a human. I’m glad he’s going to prison cause he will get what he deserves. I’m so sorry for diamond to have to suffer the way she did. But she is in heaven safe from idiots like him…

  25. Carol grimes

    Apr 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    It’s a felony so hopefully ihe will get the maximum sentence. Probably have to put him in solitary but lm sure there will be plenty of people who would like to run into him. Me included. I’d like to introduce him to a broomstick and throw him off the side of a road to die.

  26. Robyn

    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    Hang and rape him asshole i hope they rape his ass and kill him

  27. Angela

    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Do the same thing to that sick bastard

  28. jon anthony

    Apr 12, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    This inbred d-bag should be publicly neutered, then waterboarded and tazed by the public for an admission fee…all proceeds going to ASPCA, including subsequent HD video proceeds.

  29. Ellen Foster

    Apr 12, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    This sick SOB needs to be TORTURED AND BRUTALLY KILLED just as he did to this precious dog. I think his private parts need put onto a rock and beat him til he dies. I HATE ANYONE WHO WOULD HARM OR KILL AN ANIMAL. PLEASE don’t keep IT in jail for taxpayer money to feed and clothe.

  30. Robin

    Apr 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Thus guy is very sick so I hope he stays locked up and not let out to do something like this again. Next time, it will be a human

    • Theresa clancy

      Apr 12, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      I totally agree next will be a human but dogs are no differance than humans they suffer they feel pain you sick son of a bitch rot in hell hope the judge sends you to hell RIP sweet baby Diamond sorry you had to suffer such a horrible death my heart is broken hearing this

    • Roxanne

      Apr 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      This is no human life time in jail he will do this to children

    • Roxanne

      Apr 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      This is no human life time in jail he will do this to children

    • Teresa brown

      Apr 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      I hope he is locked up forever.needs to get death penalty

  31. Jenn

    Apr 12, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    This should be called diamonds law and should be acted on now. No one should ever have to experience this kind of behavior. And a law should be passed now

  32. Dani Mercer

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    OMG! This is sickening and this guy should never, ever be released. What disgusting individual. I am heartbroken for the dog and her family.

  33. barb

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hopefully he too will know what it feels like to have a broomstick shoved up his behind ..if there is a God.and i know for sure there is..

  34. Wanda ballou

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Please prosecute to the fullest extent. This man is a danger to mankind. A poor defenseless animal this time, next a child or possibly a senior.

  35. Sally

    Apr 12, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    He should get rape, and murder, in the first degree! castrate him

  36. Glsartiste

    Apr 12, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Put him away for life…fucking bastard…I hope he is raped repeatedly by the biggest men in jail…son of a bitch!!!!!!!

    • Mary

      Apr 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      I wholeheartedly agree with you!!!

  37. Lisa Haight

    Apr 12, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I can’t Stan the thots of what that sweet baby went throe
    And I hope from the bottom of my hart that when this
    Thing some Mae call a man gets rapt over an over an over again whill he is in jail and beaten every time he takes a step he is nothing but a low life peace of shit
    And I pray that he is never to be aloud to have or be around animals again / an absolutely not to be around kids ✨ RIP sweet diamond

  38. jui dodso

    Apr 12, 2016 at 11:41 am

    He’s a sicko and doesn’t need to be set free into society!!

  39. Alejandra Becerra

    Apr 12, 2016 at 11:38 am

    please do not waste tax money on this garbage, I kill it!! He don’t deserve the air he breathe !!

  40. patti zelewicz

    Apr 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I hope he rots in hell

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