(CNN) – A Kentucky man is facing animal torture charges after his neighbors’ dog died.
Police say Robert Hamme put razor blades in food and threw it over the fence. Authorities say Hamme was angry over his neighbors’ barking dogs.
Jim Stotts and his wife say Nibbles spent all 14 years of his life at their E-Town home, often sleeping in the bed and happily playing with the family’s other dog, bolt, in the same backyard.
“Didn’t have an enemy of any type in the world, you know. Got along with every other dog in the area, neighborhood. Just a real outgoing, friendly dog.”
But on July 18th he passed away. It began three days earlier when they noticed their pet was sick.
“He couldn’t eat, couldn’t drink. He tried to drink; every time he went to the water bowl, he’d throw up in it. He was in agony. He’d lay down, look up at me, crawl towards me; you could tell he was in serious pain.”
Stotts says a vet discovered a large blockage just outside 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 he found would shock him.
“What it was, was Canadian bacon that had been cut in half with broken pieces of razor blade stuffed in the straight side, into it. I found three pieces. The fourth one was the one Nibbles got.”
When police questioned neighbors they say 60-year-old Robert Hamme admitted to throwing the meat over the Stotts’ fence. The Stotts pressed charges, and he was arrested.
“We’ve got a two-year-old son, grandson. He comes over and plays in the yard. It could’ve been him that picked up that piece of Canadian bacon with razor blades in it and ate it. He wanted to kill the dogs, exactly. He knew what he was doing. It was just an evil act. There’s no sense or rhyme or reason or justification for doing something like this.”
Police say Nibbles’ cause of death can’t be exactly determined because the dog was cremated.
Robert Hamme is facing one felony and two misdemeanor charges.