Monday, November 23, 2015

Nebraska: German Shepherd tried to hide from man before its death, officer testifies

NEBRASKA -- A German Shepherd hid under a coffee table and inside a closet to try to escape a man who was beating him to death, an animal control officer testified Friday.
Misty Binau of the Nebraska Humane Society said there were blood trails throughout the house where investigators think Nathan C. Mayer stabbed and beat his mother’s dog, Shoes, with dumbbell weights. Shoes died of his injuries.

Mayer, 33, is charged with felony animal cruelty. Douglas County Judge Marcela Keim on Friday ordered Mayer to stand trial in district court.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were called to an Omaha hospital about 1:30 a.m. Nov. 2 after receiving a report about a man who had been bitten by a dog. Mayer told them a German shepherd had bitten him and he defended himself.

Mayer had a hand injury but did not need stitches, Deputy Michael Jones testified Friday.

Mayer had called 911 to report the dog’s death.


The investigation continued at a house near 144th and Fort Streets, where the dog was found in a white plastic bag. The dog’s head was caved in, and he had suffered multiple knife wounds, Binau said.

After Friday’s hearing, Mark Langan of the humane society said Mayer chased the dog through the house to beat him, and said Shoes had tried to hide in several places.

According to Douglas County court records, Mayer is awaiting trial on charges of misdemeanor child abuse. In 2013, he was sentenced to one to three years in prison for aggravated driving while intoxicated, his third offense.

( - Nov 22, 2015)


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