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North Carolina man accused in fatal stabbing of mother’s dog

A North Carolina man was arrested on a charge of animal cruelty after investigators said he stabbed his mother’s dog to death, a sheriff’s office said.

An arrest warrant from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office accused John Ryan Stout, 29, killed his mother’s dog, news outlets reported. According to a sheriff’s office spokesperson, deputies were alerted to the dog’s possible killing on Feb. 5 and went to Stout’s home, where he said the dog died of natural causes and was buried in the backyard.

Several days later, the sheriff’s office said, a 911 caller told authorities they found a dead dog inside a trash bag. The spokesperson said a necropsy showed the dog had been stabbed to death, and the dog was identified as belonging to Stout’s mother.

Stout was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with felony cruelty to animals and jailed on $10,000 bond, which was raised to $25,000 following his first court appearance Thursday. It couldn’t be determined if he has an attorney.

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