In Goodyear, Arizona, a father who sacrificed the family dog by killing it and then putting it into a barbecue smoker was sentenced on Friday to six-months in jail by Judge Brad Astrowsky, reports News12.
Patrick Thompson will also serve three years of supervised probation and is barred from owning any pets. He was convicted of one felony count of cruelty to animals and one misdemeanor count of assault. A former ASU football player, Thompson told authorities in May that he had an argument with his 17-year-old daughter over a t-shirt the teen had been wearing, and the verbal exchange escalated into Thompson believing the devil had been involved. At that time, he forced his daughter to take off the shirt, and Thompson burned it in the family’s backyard barbecue.
Thompson later admitted to police he had smoked marijuana that day, and after the argument with his daughter, he went into the home and told his family that he had to sacrifice a male – and thus became the choice between his six-year-old son and the family’s tiny poodle. With that, Thompson grabbed the dog, broke her neck and threw her into the smoker stating the devil made him do it. The arrest report read:
“He began to have a vision that something bad was going to happen to his family and that ‘the Lord’ was going to kill him for what he had done. The defendant stated that from his readings in the Bible he knew that he had to make a male sacrifice and that he was not going to sacrifice himself or his firstborn son so he told his family that it was going to be the family dog.”
(Photo Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office)