BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – A Belleville man is accused of stabbing and choking a year-old pit bull mix dog to death.
Belleville police say 55-year-old Craig Smith Sr. is charged with a felony count of aggravated cruelty to animals.
Smith’s bond is set at $75,000.
Officers found the dog Wednesday morning with a plastic bag around its neck and several puncture wounds, likely caused by a box cutter.
Police will only say that Smith was familiar with the animal.