ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - An Elizabethtown man faces two animal torture charges after police say he put razor blades in meat and fed it to his neighbor's dog. Robert Hamme, 60, was arrested for killing a dog named Nibbles by throwing the tainted pieces bacon over their shared fence.
All 14 years of Nibbles' life were spent with the Stotts family in Elizabethtown. The family says Nibbles lived a comfortable life along with their other dog, Bolt.
"He got along with every other dog in the neighborhood. He was just a real outgoing, friendly dog," said Jim Stotts, the dog owner.
But on July 18, Nibbles died. That was three days after Jim Stotts says he noticed their dog was sick.
"He couldn't eat. He couldn't drink. He tried to drink every time he went to the water bowl and he threw up in it," said Stotts. "He was in agony. He'd lay down and look at me and crawl towards me."
Stotts says a vet discovered a large blockage near the dog's stomach. Unable to pay the more than $600 worth of treatment, they had to say goodbye. The same day Nibbles died Jim Stotts says he stopped Bolt from chewing on something.
"What it was was Canadian bacon that had been cut in half with broken pieces of razor blades stuffed into it," said Stotts. "I found three pieces. The fourth one was the one Nibbles got."
When police questioned neighbors, they say Robert Hamme admitted to throwing the meat over the Stotts' fence.
"We've got a two-year-old grandson, and he comes over and plays in the yard," said Stotts. "It could have been him that picked up that piece of Canadian bacon with razors in it and ate it."
The Stotts pressed charges. Hamme was arrested and charged with two counts of animal torture; one a Class A misdemeanor for physical injury and the other a Class D felony since the dog died as a result of the torture.
"It's just an evil act. There's no sense or rhyme or reason or justification for doing something like that," said Stotts.
Elizabethtown Police tell us Hamme said he placed the razor blades in the meat because he was frustrated with his neighbor's dogs' barking.
Elizabethtown Police say the investigation is ongoing.