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Neighbor Facing Animal Torture Charges After Dog Dies

Three days before he had to be euthanized, Jim Stotts and his wife noticed their 14-year old dog, Nibbles becoming very ill.

Stotts told WLKY News“He couldn’t eat, couldn’t drink. He tried to drink; every time he went to the water bowl, he’d throw up in it. He was in agony. He’d lay down, look up at me, crawl towards me; you could tell he was in serious pain.”

Their veterinarian found a large blockage just outside of Nibbles’ stomach. Unable to afford the extensive surgery and treatment, the family was forced to say goodbye to their senior dog.

On the same day that Nibbles passed, Stott was in his backyard with their other dog, Bolt. He stopped Bolt from chewing on something he’d found in the backyard. When Stott got a closer look at what Bolt was trying to eat, he was shocked.

“What it was, was Canadian bacon that had been cut in half with broken pieces of razor blade stuffed in the straight side, into it. I found three pieces. The fourth one was the one Nibbles got.”

When police questioned neighbors, 60-year old Robert Hamme admitted to throwing the meat and razor blades over the fence.

“He wanted to kill the dogs, exactly. He knew what he was doing. It was just an evil act. There’s no sense or rhyme or reason or justification for doing something like this.”

The Stotts immediately pressed charges. Hamme is facing one felony and two misdemeanor animal torture charges.

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