Police: Hutchinson man fatally stabs wife’s dog

John Oathout (Courtesy: Reno County Sheriff)

HUTCHINSON, Kansas – A man has been arrested after Hutchinson police say he fatally stabbed his wife’s pit bull for keeping him awake.

Officials say 59-year-old John Oathout was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of animal cruelty and disorderly conduct. Hutchinson police Lt. Marty Robertson said that the man was trying to sleep and the dog was being loud. According to Robertson, the man put the dog outside, but it kept barking and he told his wife that if the dog did not stop, he would kill it.

Police say the man’s wife told officers that she heard a loud yelp from the dog and ran outside to find her husband with a bloody knife.

She took the dog to a veterinarian, but the dog did not survive.

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