Florida Man Accused of Stabbing His Dog 26 Times

FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida man is behind bars after authorities say he stabbed his dog 26 times.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office says Joseph Grady Barker told investigators he was tired of his pet's incessant barking.

Authorities say he paid a friend $20 to drive him and the pit bull to a canal.

He then allegedly struck the 3-year-old canine on the head several times with a tire iron and tossed him into the canal.

After seeing the dog was still alive, Barker allegedly recaptured him and repeatedly stabbed him in the neck.

A family member who learned about the incident found the dog's body at the canal and notified authorities.

The 35-year-old Barker was charged Friday with animal cruelty and is being held without bail at the St. Lucie County Jail.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by cj on Jan 25, 2011 at 09:21 AM
    Good....one less stupid Pitbull that would have attacked a kid somewhere.... The owner does need help though...
  • by JoJo Location: Dothan on Jan 24, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Dogs can be trained, this man is just one more born idiot. Took more energy to bellow out his anger with torture to the dog than what it would have taken to train the dog. But apparently he has no mental ability to figure that one out. Family member - thank you!
  • by travis Location: dothan on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    Stake him out over a fire ant bed with his face and rear end covered and honey and walk off and forget about him. Nuff said.
  • by kat Location: who cares on Jan 23, 2011 at 09:32 PM
    How about we take him out back , use a pipe then throw him in a pond full of gators, right befor he is dead we pull him out, let him recover a bit , then we get to stab him 27 times .......... Now that sounds darn good to me ,,, hatefull people , and you wonder why the country is so messed up
  • by The Stranger on Jan 23, 2011 at 05:20 PM
    This saddens my heart. There is no punishment harsh enough for a vile person such as this.
  • by terrie Location: al on Jan 23, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    some one needs to do him the same way
  • by Robert Location: Dothan, Al on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:19 PM
    I don't like pit bulls but no dog needs to be stabbed 26 times and beat in the head. There are place to give the dog to and he must have been barking at something. Give the man 26 stab and see how he like it and if it will make him bark.
  • by Anyone Location: coffee county on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:01 PM
    He,ll get his in jail, people locked up don't take to kindly to acts such as this...!!
  • by honest on Jan 23, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    Well I will bet he will get more time for this than killing someone. No I dont agree with him either. Because I know some Bible thumper will will get up set.
  • by Anonymous Location: Daleville on Jan 23, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    This makes me sick....I think the man needs to get the same treatment.....poor defenseless animal.....just disgust me on how messed up the human race has become, hateful and murderous.....something needs to change!!!
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