Police: Denton man tried to break dog’s neck, then roommate killed it

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A Denton man faces an animal cruelty charge after police say he tried to break a dog’s neck to kill it because he didn’t want it anymore, Denton police said Thursday.

When he failed, his roommate fatally stabbed the dog and the canine’s body was placed in a trash bin, Denton police said in a news release Thursday.

Denton police identified one suspect as Richard Garrett Sims, 21, of Denton. He surrendered to authorities on Wednesday and faces a charge of cruelty to a non-livestock animal.

He was released after posting $500 bail. Sims could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

His roommate had not been charged as of Thursday afternoon, Denton police said.

Several days ago, Denton animal control officials received an anonymous tip that someone had killed a dog because they didn’t want it anymore and then put its body in a trash bin.

On Oct. 28, animal control officials found the dog’s body in a trash bin in the 400 block of Simmons Street in Denton. It appeared to have stab wounds on either side of its rib cage, according to the news release.

A resident near the trash bin was contacted by Denton police.

During an interview with that resident, he told investigators that Sims had been watching the dog for some time and he didn’t want to care for the animal. He attempted to kill the dog by breaking its neck, but failed, Denton police said.

“The roommate said he found the dog in obvious pain and stabbed the dog to put it out of its misery,” Denton Officer Shane Kizer said in the news release. “He hasn’t been charged at this time and we’re looking into it to see if charges will be pursued.”

Kizer said investigators will try to confirm whether the roommate was telling the truth about putting the dog out of its misery.

“It’s a tough one call,” Kizer said. “You got to prove intent as well.”

The investigation continues.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763 Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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