Longview man reportedly put his pit bull down with sledgehammer

2012-10-22T18:15:00Z 2014-03-18T16:50:44Z Longview man reportedly put his pit bull down with sledgehammerBy Amy M.E. Fischer / The Daily News Longview Daily News
October 22, 2012 6:15 pm  • 

The Humane Society is investigating a 38-year-old Longview man who said he bludgeoned his pit bull to death with a sledgehammer for eating a box of doughnuts.

The man has yet to be cited or charged with a crime. Authorities were tipped off by a caller Sunday about the incident, which occurred Friday on a logging road in Rose Valley.

Animal control supervisor Mike Nicholson said the man told him that his dog, a 2-year-old red nose pit bull named Nemo, bit him Thursday after the man hit him as punishment for eating the doughnuts. The next day, the man drove Nemo to a logging road and fatally bashed the dog with a sledgehammer three times on the head. Then he buried the body, the man told investigators.

Nicholson said the man, who has been cooperative, had one puncture mark on his arm from the dog bite. Nemo, whom the man had raised from a puppy, did not have a history of biting people, Nicholson said.

When Nicholson asked him why he didn't take Nemo to the Humane Society instead, the man said he couldn't afford the cost of putting Nemo down.

"It's a mess," Nicholson said Monday.

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