UPDATE 1/17/09 – Man Pleads No Contest in Golf Club Killing of Dog

Dog bark, it’s just one of the things they do. Any dog owner knows this. And normal pet owners know how to handle it, we all have our own ways but I doubt any of our ways include the method that Carson Smith chose. On Sunday, Carson Smith, 41, 1416 St. Joachin Court, Bellevue, NE, got pissed off because his little rat terrier, Sam, was barking so he grabbed a golf club and beat the dog in the head.

Family members rushed Sam to the vet but he suffered massive skull and brain injuries from the brutal beating and had to be euthanized.

“The suspect told us he became very irate at the dog because it wouldn’t stop barking and rather than choose alternative methods that most normal dog owners would utilize, he chose to take a golf club and kill the dog,” says Mark Langan, Nebraska Humane Society spokesman.

Langan said, “Smith chose an inappropriate method to stop his dog from barking. NHS can provide alternatives for barking dogs other than killing it with a golf club.”

NHS officers and Bellevue police cited Smith for animal cruelty after he admitted to the beating. If convicted, Smith could face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A report of the incident was forwarded to the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to upgrade the charge to a felony punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Neighbors were shocked to hear of the incident.

“Real easy going guy,” said Frank Taylor who lives across the cul-de-sac. “He’d help in the neighborhood. Any time somebody had a problem, especially with automobiles and things like that. He was a good mechanic.”

“According to our animal control officers, the family was very upset, including the suspect who did this,” Langan said. “He realized that he had probably snapped, causing him to smack the dog with a golf club. But that, in our mind, doesn’t excuse his behavior.”

Well, this guy can be upset and sorry now but that’s not going to bring Sam back. I hope there’s no children around in case he ‘snaps’ again.

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