The Stotts family have two dogs: Bolt is a spaniel and Nibbles is a beagle mix. Nibbles, though, is gone. Not from old age — even though he was 14 years old — but from a vicious act of cruelty.
According to WLKY, Nibbles was killed by neighbor Robert Hamme, who does not dispute that fact. He was charged in Elizabethtown, Kentucky with two counts of torturing a dog: one is a Class A misdemeanor for physical injury, the other a Class D felony since the dog died as a result of the injury.
The meat was discovered in mid-July. James Stotts says that Nibbles suddenly became sick:
“He couldn’t eat, couldn’t drink. Every time he tried to drink, he would throw up in the water bowl. He was in agony. Every time he’d lay down and look up at me and crawl towards me, you could tell he was in serious pain.”
Three days later, Nibbles was dead. The veterinarian attributed his death to an intestinal blockage, though a necropsy was apparently not performed. Later that very day, the Stotts noticed Bolt chewing on a piece of meat. Upon investigation, the meat turned out to contain a broken razor blade hidden in its fold. When they searched the yard, they found several pieces of Canadian bacon wrapped around broken razors and nails. Discovering three pieces of a broken razor, they concluded that poor Nibbles had got the 4th piece. They called the police to report the crime, worried that other neighbors might have been targeted.
When the police went around the neighborhood to warn others, they came to Hamme’s house and his voluntary admission that he had thrown the meat-bombs into the Stotts’ yard. Why? Because the dogs’ barking annoyed him. Yep. Right there with you.
Stotts’ concern is not just for the dogs:
“We’ve got a 2-year-old grandson. He comes over and plays outside. It could’ve been him that found that piece of Canadian bacon and with razor blades in it and ate it. He (Hamme) wanted to kill the dogs. He knew what he was doing. It was just an evil act. There’s no rhyme or reason or justification for something like this.”
Not every neighbor is a good one. Some are fantastic, some are nightmares. Neighbors complaining about another neighbor’s dogs isn’t new, we’ve all been on one end or the other of a similar conflict. But I doubt very much if any of us has resorted to something like this. At least, I hope not.
WLKY reports on the razor blade dog killing.