A lady in NM could no longer keep her young Pitbull, named Thor, so she gave him to her brother over a year ago. The brother, Teddy Sexton, chained Thor to a utility trailer with a heavy logging chain and padlocked the chain to the dog’s collar. And there he stayed 24/7. The sister called AC last year to complain that Mr. Sexton was not properly caring for Thor. ACOs visited the property:
Animal control officers determined Thor was not in bad enough condition to seize the animal and Sexton refused to sign the dog over to officers, [Sheriff’s Capt. Tim] Black said.
Animal control officers reported the dog was not vicious.
Mr. Sexton is currently facing fourth degree felony animal cruelty charges along with another man, Corey Bowen, after the pair tried to cut off Thor’s head with a knife. Apparently encountering some difficulty with the task, the men got a chainsaw. The killing reportedly followed Thor biting a little girl. Capt. Black describes the bite:
“The girl had a small bruise on her neck and small puncture under her chin.”
The bite was not reported to authorities and the child was not taken to a doctor. The girl had played with Thor regularly since he was a puppy.
Based on the information at hand, I can easily imagine this “bite” being simply excited mouthiness from an abused, extremely frustrated dog. Of course the defense attorney, Eric Morrow, tried to paint the worst picture possible:
“It was a pit bull, it wasn’t just any dog,” he said. “He just witnessed a little girl have a hole in her neck.”
I guess somehow, in the defense’s mind, we should make the leap from “It was a Pitbull!” to “So obviously they had to chainsaw his head off.”
Also in Mr. Sexton’s uh – defense, he explained to police that he couldn’t get a gun because he’s on felony probation. [Logic leap at will.]
In case you’re wondering how police found out about Thor’s killing:
A Children, Youth and Families Department investigator tipped off deputies to the incident after being notified about several young children suffering from nightmares stemming from the incident.
Investigators still are trying to determine if children witnessed the incident.
The men haven’t had their day in court yet (just a preliminary appearance). The charges carry up to 18 months in prison but Mr. Sexton faces up to 5 and 1/2 years due to his prior criminal convictions (false imprisonment and battery of a member of his household). We’ll see how this case plays out.