A former Flagler County School Board member was charged with felony animal cruelty Tuesday night after Flagler County sheriff’s deputies said he stabbed a dog to death.
Richard Marier, 68, of 29 Ballenger Lane, Palm Coast, told deputies that at 5:58 p.m. Tuesday the neighbor’s pit bull charged him and his dog, Breenie, a Shiba Inu, which is a breed of Japanese hunting dog, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.
Marier told deputies the pit bull grabbed his dog by the throat and began viciously shaking it. Deputies said Marier then produced a spring-loaded knife longer than three inches and stabbed the dog five times, the release states.
Marier was elected to the School Board in 1994. He served one-term after being defeated in his 1998 re-election bid.
The 5-year-old pit bull’s owner, Carlos A. Matos Jr., said his dog, Lala, ran out the door of his home at 36 Ballenger Lane. Matos said he called for his dog and the animal paused at the swale, according to the release. Matos told deputies the dog then approached Marier and Breenie as if to sniff but he denied his dog ever lunged at the two.
A witness told deputies he saw Lala run from inside the home, but he didn’t see her attack Marier’s dog. Deputies said Breenie had no injuries or bite marks.
Marier was additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon in the commission of a felony. He was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility and released after posting $6,500 bail.