A 56-year-old Virginia Beach man will spend two years in prison for choking and stabbing a dog to death, officials say.
Vernon Boyd Eaton Jr. was sentenced to five years in prison with three years suspended in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on Sept. 19. The sentence came about six months after Eaton pleaded guilty to torturing a dog to death using zip ties and a knife, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information database.
Eaton was arrested on Aug. 1, 2015 after a witness noticed a dog with zip ties tightened around its neck in the bed of a truck that was driving in front of him, according to documents filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court.
The witness followed the truck into a shopping center and found Eaton parked in the back, near a dumpster. Eaton was making arm motions over the side of the beck, and the witness realized Eaton had stabbed the dog, court documents show.
The witness found a bloody knife in Eaton’s hand and cut the zip ties from around the dog’s neck. The dog gasped several times and died, court documents state.
The witness took the knife and set it on a curb, and took the keys out of the truck’s ignition to keep Eaton from driving away.
Eaton reported to the Virginia Beach Correctional Center on Sept. 26. He will never be allowed to own a companion animal again, said Macie Allen, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney.
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