Dog owner Joseph Grady Barker, 36, who is accused of stabbing his pit bull 26 times in the neck and hitting it with a tire iron before dumping the poor pooch’s body near a canal, took a pleas deal, reports TCPalm.com in Stuart.
The Fort Pierce man told authorities he had grown tired of incessant barking by Sam, his 3-year-old dog, and he didn’t consider the beating inhumane.
On Jan. 8, Barker paid a friend $20 to drive him and Sam to the L-20 Canal east of Kings Highway, where Barker struck Sam on the head several times with the tire iron and tossed him into the canal.
The blows did not kill the dog, which swam out of the water and attempted to climb the embankment, according to the affidavit. Barker caught Sam and used a knife to stab him 26 times in his neck, the sheriff’s office report stated.
A family member who learned about the incident found Sam’s body at the canal Jan. 10 and notified authorities.
Barker told authorities he didn’t consider the beating inhumane, according to his arrest affidavit.
Find out and get the details at TCPalm.com in Stuart.
Photo: St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office