Man sentenced for stabbing mother’s dog 21 times

Breana Noble
The Detroit News

A Detroit man was sentenced this month to at least 2 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to stabbing his mother’s dog 21 times and then shooting the animal.

Anton Peterson, 21, pleaded guilty June 17 of stabbing his mother’s pit-bull mix named Diamond 21 times and then shooting the animal.

Anton Peterson, 21, pleaded guilty June 17 after a plea deal to felony killing/torturing animals and a felony firearm charge, said Maria Miller, assistant Wayne County prosecuting attorney. He also is required to receive a mental health evaluation while incarcerated and get mental health help when on parole.

The animal torture conviction includes a sentence of six months to four years that will be served consecutively with a two-year firearm felony conviction. A misdemeanor for animal cruelty was dismissed as a part of the deal.

Anton Peterson

“The most important part of this case was getting the cooperation of our one and only witness, and asking a mom to testify against her son is not the easiest thing to do,” Elise Ramsey, cruelty investigator for the Michigan Humane Society, said in a news release.

“Her concern was for others that may be hurt because of her son in the future, and it’s truly because of her testimony that we were able to get a conviction,” Ramsey added.

On Feb. 15, Peterson stabbed and then shot his mother’s pit-bull mix named Diamond in a home on the 12600 block of Ward, Miller said. Investigators listed Peterson’s residence as the same address as his mother’s.

The Detroit Police Department contacted the humane society’s Cruelty Investigation Department after putting Peterson in custody, according to the news release.

“We saw the body of the dog, which was really traumatizing and not something you ever really want to see,” Ramsey said.

Investigators said Diamond was a family pet with veterinary records and a healthy figure.

“She was a really well cared for, loved dog,” Ramsey said.

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