LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
On Monday, Hurley said she put a metal stake in the yard and tied her dog on a chain while she was preparing food for her grandchildren. Hurley said she could see her dog in the yard from the kitchen window where she was peeling potatoes, but her attention was diverted briefly when two children began arguing.
“I looked away, then when I looked out, I couldn’t see my dog,” Hurley said, her eyes tearing up. “I went outside and there it was, dead.”
Hurley said Diamond had bite marks where the Labrador had attacked it. Her emotions ran wild, she said, and she found the Lab and stabbed it with the knife she had been peeling potatoes with.
“I had my dog on a chain, like I’m supposed to do,” she said. “His right leg and back leg were torn open. I keep thinking maybe if I hadn’t had him on a chain, he could have gotten away.”
Arresting officer, Constable Tim May said Hurley’s story conflicted with evidence at the scene.
“She said she chased the dog (Lab) into a field and stabbed it and it ran to the neighbor’s porch and died,” May said. “But neither me or the dog warden saw any blood in the field and no blood leading to the house.”
May believes Hurley followed the dog through the field “three or four houses down” and went onto the porch and “sliced its neck.”
“That dog couldn’t have run that far after she cut it,” May said. “I charged her with first-degree animal abuse, which is a felony, and criminal trespassing.”
According to May, the dog has not been claimed, although it was being cared for and fed by two different households in the neighborhood.
Hurley awaits a preliminary hearing next week.
“I’m sorry I killed that dog, but I lost my dog too,” she said. “I am in remorse if that dog was a child’s pet, but when I saw my little dog lying there dead, I was really upset.”