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Man charged with animal cruelty after dog's death

By Gina Clear The News-Enterprise

An Elizabethtown man is facing charges of animal cruelty after police say he admitted to throwing a razor blade wrapped in meat into a neighbor's yard, causing their dog to die.

Robert Hamme, 60, is charged with torture of a dog with serious physical injury or death and first-offense torture of a dog.

According to a news release, Elizabethtown police went July 20 to a residence in the 1800 block of Nightingale Drive to take a report on animal cruelty.

James Stotts, the animal's owner, told The News-Enterprise the family saw one of its dogs eating a piece of meat, but removed it from the dog's mouth and discovered a razor blade inside.

Once they took the meat away from the dog, Stotts and his wife, Kathy, searched their backyard and found two more pieces of Canadian bacon, one containing part of a razor blade and another with small nails, James said.

The family called police and also told them about the death of their 14-year-old beagle mix. James said Nibbles died from a blockage in the intestine.

"He died a horrible death," James said. "He was a family member. We'll miss him dearly. It was quite a blow to the entire family."

According to the release, police went to Hamme's residence to alert him to the possibility of meat in his yard when Hamme admitted to throwing the meat over the fence into Stotts' yard.

Hamme appeared Friday in Hardin District Court and had a preliminary hearing set for Sept. 5.

Torture of a domestic dog or cat resulting in death is a Class D felony which is punishable by one to five years in prison if convicted.

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