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.

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Stanley Jocelyn, 50, allegedly beat the dog with a hammer following the incident. (Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

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.


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.