Prestonsburg, Kentucky – A man of Kentucky Who said he killed and skinned four dogs from his neighbors to get a coat was accused of animal torture.
Jonathan D. Watkins, 38, was arrested in the community of David, in Floyd County, on December 23 after a neighbor called the authorities, local press reported.
The neighbor told police that Watkins went to his house to ask for a cigarette and was covered in blood. When asked why, Watkins said he had been skinning dogs, according to an arrest notice.
The neighbor did not initially believe him because he knew that Watkins had had mental health problems in the past, but later he saw what looked like animal skins and corpses of dogs on the porch of Watkins’ house, according to the notification. The neighbor told police that he was missing two dogs and believed that another neighbor also needed two more.
A state patrolman who answered the call found Watkins inside his house with a knife in his hand and bloodstained clothes.
When the patrolman asked him where the blood had come from, Watkins replied: “I’m getting a dog coat“According to the arrest notice. Watkins told the agent that he first stabbed the dogs and then removed their skin.
During a hearing on December 27, Floyd District Court Judge Jimmy R. Marcum appointed Watkins an ex officio lawyer and ordered him to be held without bail. He was also ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to the records.