It was near a trailer north of Somerset, earlier this summer, where people say they witnessed what they believe was animal torture.
“I saw him dip the bread in antifreeze..he put it in the dog's mouth..and he clamped the dog's mouth shut,” says a woman who witnessed the alleged abuse, but didn’t want to be identified.
“He walked over and looked at the dog, shook its head....and took his foot and and started stomping the dog,” she said.
The black lab, Browser, died. Warrants were issued and the owner, Robert Suttles was arrested. We gave him a chance to give his side of the story from the Pulaski County Jail and he agreed. But before we could ask him a question, he attorney walked in and put a stop to it.
Suttles is charged with 2nd degree cruelty to animals, which is a misdemeanor, but those with the Pulaski County Humane Society feel like the charges should be stronger.
Based on Romeo's Law, which came from another Pulaski County abuse case, humane society members are pushing for a stiffer charge and penalty.
“So he can be charged with a felony, which means he could serve up to 5 years in prison, which is what we want,” said Cindy Druin, a society member.
The witness says she would have tried to put a stop to the abuse on Browser, but an unrelated legal matter with the dog owner prevented her from entering his property. Still, she says Sutttles should face the consequences of his alleged actions.
“What went through my mind, I couldn't believe someone would do something this horrible...this dog loved this guy,” she said.
Robert Suttles is scheduled for a jury trial in Pulaski District Court on August 28th.