Animal Crimes

Man Accused Of Beating His Girlfriend’s Dog With Hammer For Stealing Food Off His Plate

The canine, named Temper, needed surgery to repair an injured skull after Stanley Jocelyn allegedly attacked it for snatching steak.

A Utah man is accused of beating his girlfriend's dog Temper with a hammer after losing his temper when the aptly-named dog stole a steak off his dinner plate.

Stanley Jocelyn, 50, of Millcreek, placed a plate full of steak on a living room table back in August but his girlfriend’s dog Temper snatched the meat before Jocelyn had a chance to eat it. Jocelyn then made “a move towards Temper,” who responded by biting Jocelyn, according to a probable cause statement cited by KTSU in Salt Lake City.

Jocelyn then allegedly retrieved a hammer and repeatedly struck the dog in the head. Neighbors told police they heard Jocelyn’s girlfriend screaming “you killed the dog,” according to the report cited by KTSU.

The dog didn’t die, however. Temper was diagnosed with blunt head trauma and he underwent surgery for an injury to his skull, according to KUTV-News in Salt Lake City. Blood from the dog was found all over the home’s sofa, kitchen and on the basement stairs of the home, according to KTSU.

A neighbor brought Temper to the veterinarian and later told police they became scared that Jocelyn would retaliate for taking the dog for treatment, according to KUTV.

On Friday, police arrested Jocelyn charged him with one count of torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. He was being held on $25,000 bail and it appears that he is now out of jail. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his report.

[Photo: Salt Lake County Police]

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