Man sentenced to 9 years for stabbing dog 11 times

Updated: Sep. 27, 2019 at 12:26 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A man was sentenced to nine years in the Department of Corrections for stabbing a dog 11 times in May 2018.

According to the Cape Girardeau County prosecutor, Andrew Nipper pleaded guilty to first-degree felony stalking, felony animal abuse and felony stealing an animal.

He was sentenced on Sept. 3 to four years for felony animal abuse, three years for felony stalking and two years for felony stealing an animal. The judge ordered these sentences to run consecutively for a total of nine years in the DOC.

Nipper was accused of taking a dog, named “Pepper," from its home, stabbing it to death and leaving the remains in a trash bag on the owner’s apartment complex doorstep.

Court documents stated he took a “selfie” with the dog and sent it to another person.

The dog’s owner told officers she sent Nipper a message on Snapchat asking what he knew about the dog’s death and he denied any involvement but replied that it sounded like she was having a “ruff” day.

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