A man in Mesa, Arizona, has been arrested after he allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend’s dog with scissors, and then threw him in the dumpster.
39-year-old Michael Robert Wilkins now faces a felony charge of intentionally subjecting an animal to cruel mistreatment.
Wilkins’ ex-girlfriend, who is also the mother of his child, left her dog with Wilkins at his workplace for just ten minutes. When she returned, Wilkins said the dog had run away.
Someone then told his ex-girlfriend that they witnessed Wilkins walking away from the dumpster. When they went to look in the dumpster, they found the injured dog lying inside.
Wilkins admitted that he stabbed the dog with scissors and seemed surprised that the dog had survived. When they asked him why he threw the dog in the dumpster, he said “I wasn’t supposed to?”
He later explained that he threw the dog in the dumpster because he was “pissed off” at his ex. They’ve been arguing lately, so he decided to stab her dog for revenge.
Wilkins was arrested and booked into the Mesa City Jail. His charge is now a felony, after Arizona lawmakers passed a law back in August that imposes stiffer penalties on animal abusers.
The dog’s neck was wounded and appeared to be in pain, but he is now being treated and is expected to be ok.
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