Posted 5:45 PM 5/31/2012 : UPDATE: abuse suspect denies strangling charge
We're getting very different accounts of an alleged animal abuse case involving a Fort Carson Soldier. Animal welfare officers say 28 year-old Brian Jones admitted to strangled two dogs to relieve homicidal urges. However, he says it never happened.
Specialist Jones was formally charged with one count of Cruelty to Animals, a class 6 felony on Wednesday. In his arrest warrant, animal welfare officers report that Jones admitted to strangling his pet rat terrier and another stray dog in the neighborhood.
The officer also interviewed Jones' wife Mandy who said her husband had told her he strangled their dog.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones tells News 5 that he suffers from severe post traumatic stress disorder and was hospitalized at the Aspen Pointe mental health facility last month when the animal abuse investigation was happening.
He believes the dog ran away and says he made statements to the animal welfare officers while he was hallucinating and not in his right mind.
"I didn't kill these animals," Jones said. "I wouldn't hurt any animals at all, I'm not known for being a violent person at all."
The bodies of the animals were never discovered. The couple surrendered another dog to the humane society.
Chief Joe Stafford of the Animal Law Enforcement Office says he stand behind the
"The dogs that we're allegedly strangled. The bodies were not recovered. The animal that was at the time at the home was taken into custody."
Jones currently doesn't have a lawyer and is still receiving treatment for his PTSD. He's free on bond and is scheduled to appear in court next on June 21.
The dog that was surrendered to the humane society reported to be aggressive and was euthanized.