- Indiana, USA -
The South Bend Police Department wrote in a Facebook post that on Thursday, February 18, a call came in reporting that someone was beating a dog with a hammer and burying the furbaby in the snow.
At around 1:40 p.m., Sgt. Riddle and Officer Hof responded to a property in the 200 block of E Altgeld.
They immediately dug the furbaby out of the snow.
While Officer Hof rushed the poor dog to a local animal clinic, Sgt. Riddle began tracking down the suspect.
Sadly, the innocent dog had to be euthanized.
In connection with this senseless and cruel act, 67-year-old JOHN WILLIAM HILL (pictured below) was arrested for cruelty to animals, a Level 6 Felony.
Jonathan Bailey, with abc57News, interviewed the neighbor who witnessed the crime.
He did not want to be identified but told Mr. Bailey: “I was in shock and really did not know what to think at the time. I went to close the shades when I saw him with the hammer and he starts swinging it so I looked over the fence and I can see him hitting his dog over and over again in the head. My adrenaline started rushing and it was really hard to watch. He hit the dog probably 20 to 30 times in total.”
There was another dog inside HILL’s house and thankfully the furbaby was removed and is now safe in the hands of South Bend Animal Control.
Other neighbors are saying that HILL also has a big bird and a few cats in his home.
HILL booked into the St. Joseph County Jail.
This case is being sent to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office for formal charges review.
The murderer’s first court appearance has not been set yet.
In a subsequent post, the Department expressed gratitude toward “the individual who called police” and “the Roseland Animal Hospital for doing everything they could to help this poor dog.”
In a fair world HILL would have been instantly euthanized because in our society there should be no room for individuals like him.
Voice For Us Disclaimer: This story is sourced from official news outlets. Links included.
Details may be removed or additional information may be provided in future should such sources report an update.