BY KIMBERLY VETTER
Advocate staff writer
July 10, 2012
A Baton Rouge man accused of stabbing two dogs with a barbecue pit fork was arrested Thursday and booked into Parish Prison, court documents show.
Donnie Davis, 23, stabbed the dogs at 1:11 a.m. June 8 at his home at 4511 Norwich Drive, an affidavit of probable cause said.
When East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, they saw a lot of blood under the carport and found the dogs — one dead and the other wounded — in a trash can, the affidavit said.
The barbecue pit fork was still lodged in the wounded dog, which was bleeding profusely, the affidavit said.
Parish animal-control enforcement officers euthanized the wounded dog because of the extent of its injuries.
Davis’ mother and sister told deputies they witnessed the stabbings, then Davis fled on foot, the affidavit says. The family members did not respond Thursday to a request for comment.
Deputies contacted Davis via phone the day of the stabbing, the affidavit said.
During their conversation, Davis admitted he stabbed the dogs because, he said, he could no longer take care of them.
Davis also told deputies that animal-control officials refused to pick up the animals.
The director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center, Hilton Cole, said he does not have any record of Davis calling his agency and seeking help for the dogs.
If Cole were to have received such a call, he said he would have tried to help Davis find another home for the animals.
“This is a horrific case,” he said. “These animals suffered a cruel and unnecessary death.”
Davis was booked into Parish Prison on two counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.