- Floyd County, Kentucky, USA -
This story may be too distressing for some of you.
On Monday, December 23, Kentucky State Police were called to a home on Open Fork Road in David, to investigate an animal cruelty case.
The caller, Mr. Joshua Vick, told police that his neighbor, 38-year-old JONATHAN WATKINS (pictured below), had killed residents’ dogs, skinned them and hung them off his front porch railing.
At the time, Mr. Vick’s two dogs were missing.
Mr. Vick also told police that WATKINS showed up at his home covered in blood and asked for a cigarette.
When he asked him what was going on, he replied: "I've been skinning dogs.".
A while later Mr. Vick drove to one of his relative’s home down the road and passed WATKINS’ home.
WDRB.com reports that “he saw four animal skins on the front porch, and two skinned dog carcasses hanging over the front porch banister.”
When troopers went over to WATKINS’ home, they noticed he had a large hunting knife in a holster on his belt, and when they asked him why there was blood on him, he responded: “I am making myself a doggy coat.”
When they asked him if he had killed his neighbors’ dogs, he responded: “There isn’t anything wrong with me making myself a fur coat.”
WATKINS admitted to the killing of his neighbors’ dogs saying that he stabbed them in the heart with a knife and then threw the carcasses over a hill after skinning them.
Mr. Vick’s dogs were also found by the hill.
JONATHAN WATKINS was arrested and charged with four counts of torturing a dog or cat resulting in serious physical injury or death and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.
He is currently being held in the Floyd County [Kentucky] Detention Center.