Gerald Miller booking photo. Photo courtesy of Amherst Police.
AMHERST -- Police say a 43-year-old man has been charged for allegedly stabbing a dog to death earlier this week.
Gerald Miller, 43, faces a first-degree misdemeanor charge of cruelty to companion animals in the March 10 incident.
It was around noon that day when police were alerted of the incident by both the dog's owner and Miller himself, who reportedly called to tell authorities the animal had tried to attack his dog as he was walking on the sidewalk with his daughter.
Upon their arrival, police say Miller identified himself as the man who stabbed the dog in the 900 block of Red Tailed Lane in Amherst.
According to police, Miller claimed a medium-sized dog, Maya, attempted to attack his dog. As he tried to intervene, Miller said Maya tried to attack him, which is why he stabbed her in the upper back with a knife he was carrying.
The dog, Maya, ran back home, but later died as her owner was transporting her to receive medical care.
The owner, who police say saw the incident from an upstairs window, and another witness reportedly told police they never heard or saw any aggressive behavior from Maya. The owner also indicated that the two dogs were familiar with each other and never had a problem before.
Neighbors also reported that Maya was an obedient and "well-mannered dog."
Miller, of Lakewood, has since been released on $1,000 bond, but is expected in the Oberlin Municipal Court on March 19 at 8:30 a.m.