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UPDATE: Arrest In Dog Beheading Incident

By: James Sparvero Email
By: James Sparvero Email
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Update: 6/11/2014 5:25 P.M.

A suspect in the beheading of a terrier dog in early May, Jack Kingery, has been arrested in Lewis County.

The St. Marys man is held on $15,000 bond, and could face a Magistrate Court hearing later this month.

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UPDATE 5/6/2014 4:25 PM

New details about a brutal animal cruelty case happening last week in Parkersburg.

We're hearing for the first time from animal experts working with police in-pursuit of bringing charges against a St. Marys man.

One of the employees brought the Yorkie carcass to the Humane Society's offices on 29th Street, where it was cremated Friday.

For humane officer Tyler Masters it was a horrifying experience, one he never expected for his first service call.

The 21-year-old is pursuing a career with animals.

He was home when he got the call from authorities Friday night that 32-year-old Jack Kingery of St. Marys beheaded his own dog with a box cutter in what police are calling a "sacrifice".

Masters drove to Gladstone Street - that's off of Division Street - ready for duty.

But what he saw, he never could have imagined.

"It was pretty crazy. I was numb most of the ride home," says Masters. "That somebody has the capability of doing that to an animal. It was just mind blowing."

Masters says despite how gruesome it was, he's still committed to working with animals.

As for the suspect, Jack Kingery, he was not arrested.

Parkersburg Police took him to the hospital for a medical evaluation.

Police say he'll be charged with a felony count of animal cruelty once the evaluation is complete.


A little dog meets a brutal end.

Parkersburg Police say a St. Marys man killed a terrier breed dog Friday night on Gladstone St.

Police say 32-year-old Jack Kingery was driving with his step-sister around 10 p.m. when he pulled over on Division St. between the Shell station and Burger King.

The woman took-off as Kingery took his dog, also in the vehicle, into a yard on Gladstone, one block away.

That's where police say Kingery cut the dog's head off with a box cutter. He left the decapitated carcass and wound up at the K-Mart plaza where an off-duty officer spotted him covered in blood.

"Definitely a unique and unusual case that we typically don't see that often. I don't recall ever seeing anything similar to this case in my career here," said Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin.

Kingery was not arrested. Police took him to Camden Clark Medical Center for a medical evaluation.

Chief Martin says once the evaluation is complete, Kingery will be charged with a felony count of animal cruelty.


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