MILLCREEK, Utah – The Utah man who reportedly hit his girlfriend’s dog “multiple times” with a hammer after it snatched food off his dinner plate has been charged.
In August, Stanley Jocelyn, 50, from Millcreek, reportedly set his dinner plate on a living room table. Shortly after, his girlfriend’s dog, Temper, “ate the steak off his plate,” Fox 13 reported.
“Upon defendant making a move towards Temper, the dog bit him. Jocelyn then retrieved a hammer and repeatedly struck Temper in the head,” a probable cause statement reads, according to KUTV-News.
Jocelyn’s girlfriend, who has not been identified, reportedly screamed “you killed the dog,” and authorities later said the animal’s blood was found on a sofa in the home, as well as in the kitchen.
A neighbor took Temper to a local veterinary clinic, where he reportedly underwent surgery for a “crushing injury to his skull,” as the dog had a large wound on his skull and was “bleeding from one or both nostrils,” veterinarians said, according to Fox 13.
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Crushing the skull of a dog requires tremendous impact since it can typically withstand trauma similar to a motorcycle helmet.
Jocelyn was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for one count of torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. He was held on $25,000 bail.