SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, Oct. 20, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — A Salt Lake City man has been booked on suspicion of torture of a companion animal after witnesses say he used a hammer to partially crush the skull of the pet dog that ate a steak off the man’s plate.
Booked on suspicion of the third-degree felony is 50-year-old Stanley Jocelyn.
The charge stems from a reported Aug. 13 incident, the probable cause statement says.
“Defendant Stanley Jocelyn set his dinner down on the livingroom table after which the dog, ‘Temper,’ ate the steak off the plate,” the statement says. “Upon defendant making a move towards Temper, the dog bit him.
“Jocelyn then retrieved a hammer and repeatedly struck Temper in the head. When officers arrived, blood was found on the sofa, in the kitchen, on the basement stairs and on D.J.’s leg.” D.J. is Jocelyn’s son, court papers say.
Two neighbors took Temper to a veterinary trauma center after hearing Jocelyn’s girlfriend, who owns Temper and is identified as A.K. in court papers, cry out, the statement says.
“… they overheard A.K. screaming ‘You killed the dog,'” the probable cause statement says.
“On initial examination at emergency care, there was significant swelling and blood, visible wound on the front of Temper’s skull as well as bleeding from one or both nostrils,” the statement says. “Temper was diagnosed with blunt head trauma and treated surgically for a crushing injury to his skull.”
An arrest warrant was issued for Jocelyn on Friday, and bail was set at $25,000.