Couple Killed, Then Skinned Puppy For A Belt

June 18th, 2009 by

KOCO.com
Muskogee – In a shocking case of animal cruelty, police in one Oklahoma town say a puppy was killed, then skinned to make a belt.

It’s a disturbing story even for law enforcement. The two suspects — 26-year-old Austin Michael Mullins and 23-year-old Krystal Lynn Lewis — were formally charged today for allegedly shooting the seven-week-old Jack Russell Terrier, then skinning it.

“We’re talking about a seven-week-old puppy, defenseless, seven-week-old puppy that can’t fight for itself,” says Muskogee County

Roberson says he’s used to finding problems in Hopewell Park. But, nothing would prepare him for the case he got a few days ago.

“Shot the dog ten times with a 22-caliber pistol and took the dog back to Muskogee and skinned the dog,” he says.

Roberson says the dog was killed for its skin to make a belt.

Dorothy Farmer runs PAWS, an animal haven and adoption facility.

“Like anybody that cares about animals, I think it’d make ‘em sick,” Farmer says. “It’s a lot of sickos out there.”

Authorities haven’t released a motive, but say it may have been revenge.

“But, I couldn’t do something to someone or something because I was mad at someone and that’s what I understand the problem was,” Farmer says.

The Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office says these cases will be dealt with and those responsible will be brought to justice

“If you go out and kill a dog, skin him, dog dumping, any kind of animal cruelty case, it will be investigated to the fullest we find out you done it we’re going to put you in jail.”

Roberson says he spoke with both of the suspects and says there was “no remorse by either one of them.”

Mullins and Lewis remain in the Muskogee County Jail on 25-thousand dollars bond each. Both are charged with one count of cruelty to animals, which is a felony.


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