An Austin, Texas man was arrested after a veterinary autopsy determined he had stabbed his girlfriend’s pet dog in the head, possibly with a flathead screwdriver, according to local NBC affiliate KXAN. 27-year-old Johnny Ray Doolin had brought the dog, a 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier name Prince, to a veterinarian clinic on March 24, saying it had jumped off a counter and hit its head. The dog wasn’t moving and was bleeding from its head and later died at the clinic from its injuries.
“You’re paying for this, this time!” Doolin’s girlfriend screamed at him when she arrived at the vet’s office, according to staff. The dog had been brought in twice before in less than two weeks, one time with a bloodied eye, another with bruises about his stomach and legs. They were explained away as accidents, but following his death, the clinic’s doctor realized it was abuse.
The girlfriend told police she and Doolin had been dating for a couple months, according to CBS Austin. She said in recent weeks Prince seemed scared of Doolin, and wouldn’t leave her side, however, she had never seen him be abusing to the dog.
Doolin told police that he had stayed over at his girlfriend’s house and that on the morning of the 24th he put Prince on the kitchen counter, while he went to get food for him. When he turned around, he said the dog jumped off the counter, and hit its head. He says he then cleaned up the blood from the floor, though, his girlfriend claims no blood could be found.
After examining Prince, the doctor at the veterinary clinic discovered two puncture wounds in his head. An x-ray revealed numerous skull fractures, that could only have been the result of blunt force trauma to the head. The dog also had bruises on his neck consistent with being held and squeezed, according to police. Doolin’s girlfriend says he had come over after work at 5 a.m. that morning, and in an interview with police, Doolin said Prince would sit at the door and whine whenever his girlfriend left for her job, making it impossible for him to get to sleep.
Following their investigation, Austin police issued a warrant for Doolin’s arrest, which said he was jealous of the dog’s relationshsip with his girlfriend and angry at it for disturbing his sleep. Doolin was arrested and charged with Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals. As of yesterday, he was still in in jail with a $5,000 bond.
[Photo: Austin Police Department]