A Dickinson man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for killing his dog while high on the drug PCP.
A jury found Jairen Delano Peterson, 31, guilty on a charge of cruelty a to non-livestock animal by torture at the conclusion of a trial that began Monday, court records show.
Dickinson police arrested Peterson in July 2016 after receiving a suspicious circumstance call, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Police arrived and found Peterson with blood on his shoes and shirt, according to the affidavit.
Peterson was later determined to under the influence of PCP, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said.
Police asked Peterson why he was covered in blood and he said that it was because his dog was dead, according to the affidavit.
Police asked why his dog was dead and Peterson said it was because he killed it because he was “tripped out” on PCP, according to the affidavit.
A doctor testified the dog was stabbed 37 times, Smith said.