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.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com



(6) comments

timothy spencer

Good but 50 years would be better.

Blanca Bell

What a tough guy, killing a dog. 5 years is not enough.

Randy Chapman

What is it with PCP in the black community? I fail to see why it attracts usage. It's an animal anesthetic.

Dwight Burns

Your implication is false at best.
Drug addiction crosses all racial lines. And for you to imply blacks are the sole users of PCP would be like me implying whites are the primary users of Meth, oxycodone, heron and etc.
Do you see how this sounds?

Randy Chapman

Not at all false. PCP is primarily used in the black community. It is what it is. The facts are there.

Randy Chapman

Sorry. The actual stats are Hispanic use:0.12 percent. Black use: 0.1 percent. And white use:0.03 percent. The source is: http://recreational-drugs.healthgrove.com/l/59/PCP

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