A northeast Missouri man is charged with animal abuse for allegedly stabbing a pit bull to death.

The Kirksville Daily Express reports that 29-year-old Jeffrey Lynn Vance of Kirksville is jailed on the felony charge. Bond is $10,000. He does not yet have an attorney.

Police were called to a home Thursday night and found the dog lying in a pool of blood with what appeared to be a stab wound to the neck. Police say Vance was intoxicated and covered in blood.

Police say Vance told them the dog bit him and he stabbed it in response. The dog was a service dog, assisting Vance with an undisclosed medical condition.

The dog was taken to a veterinary care center, where it died.

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