LIBERTY, Mo. —A Cameron, Mo., man accused of killing his girlfriend's dog by stabbing it 17 times pleaded guilty Friday in Clay County Circuit Court.
Ryan M. Ross, 22, was indicted in January on one count of animal abuse, torture and mutilation while the animal was alive. Ross is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 26, said Clay County Prosecutor Daniel L. White.
According to authorities, the incident occurred Dec. 14.
Ross became angry when Bella, a boxer, tore open and chewed a Christmas present. He took Bella outside and stabbed the 1-year-old female dog.
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Ross faces up to four years in prison and could pay a fine of up to $5,000.