Man who slit puppies' throats gets jail time


MANSFIELD, Ohio (WTHR) — A 38-year-old man was sentenced to three years and four months in prison for injuring puppies.

Christopher Vandenberg neither disputed nor admitted to harming the animals, WKYC reported. Each of those counts are fifth-degree felonies.

Mansfield police were called to a residence on Aug. 30 where they found a trio of puppies with their throats slit and one with a broken leg.

Assistant Prosecutor Amanda James told WKYC that if the cuts were a quarter-inch deeper, the puppies would have bled to death.

Richland County Common Pleas Judge Brent Robinson said Vandenberg had reported taking 20 Xanax pills the night before and 27 more pills and heroin the day of.

Vandenberg's lawyer said the harm to the puppies was a one-time incident and that "he has untreated mental-health issues."

Robinson said some of the given excuses were difficult to believe.

Vandenberg has a history of drug convictions.

In addition to his sentencing, he was ordered to make $2,203 in restitution to the Humane Society of Richland County for the care of the pit-bull mixes. All four of the puppies have recovered and were adopted.