Tacoma man serves one day in jail for stabbing dog to death

After pleading guilty on Tuesday at Pierce County Superior Court, a 21-year-old man spent only one day in jail after fatally stabbing his mother’s dog last May. Darius Brooks pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree animal cruelty for killing the dog Minnie days after she bit Brooks’ mother.

According to the News Tribune, Minnie had been found buried in Brooks’ backyard May 24, 2016 with an electrical cord around her neck, still wearing her muzzle, collar and leash. One week earlier, Brooks’ mother had contacted the local humane society and asked them to take Minnie out of her home because the dog had bitten her twice on the arms, however just a few days later, the woman went back to the shelter and picked up the dog. Authorities stated Darius was angry at his mother’s decision to bring the dog back home and took Minnie to his home. The next day the woman contacted her son and demanded him to return her dog. When Darius refused, the mother called authorities for help getting her dog back.
Police later discovered the dog had been stabbed – with Darius claiming Minnie had bitten him, so he killed the dog by beating her with a hammer and stabbing her with an eight-inch hunting knife. The man’s story made no sense, since the dog had been buried still wearing her muzzle.

In addition to the one day in jail, Darius was given a two-year suspended He is required to obey the law, not own dogs, undergo a mental health evaluation, and pay $1,700 in court fees. He is barred from contacting his mother for the next two years. Brooks’ past court records indicate two Great Danes tied in his yard with no food, water or shelter.

(Photo via Frank Misolata)

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15 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    Yet another SHAM SENTENCE from an idiot judge. Why did the mother go back to bet Minnie? Probably because she realized that Minnie had a REASON for biting her, and she also loves her dog! This POS should be spending the maximum amount of time in jail possible, because not only did he kill poor Minnie while she was HELPLESS and apparently mistreat his own dogs but betrayed his mother in the most vile way possible, by killing someone she loves.

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  2. Pamela Garlisch says:

    This is the problem with our country, our justice system sucks! We need to get rid of these judges, people mark down the judges names that do not sentence people the way they should and vote them out the next time they come up for election! It will be a slow process but we can do it! Pay attention people! This sentence was ridiculous and a waste of the courts time!

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    • Darla says:

      Most people don’t know what’s going on with the so-called justice system and when it comes time to vote on judges, they either ignore it or just say yes to keeping them. Not me…..I vote each and every one of them OUT because many have been there for decades and it’s time for new blood.

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  3. Sheri says:

    One fxxking day???????? WTF!! JUDGE & THE SICK CREEP NEED YEARS OF TIME ,, poor furbaby will never get freedom on earth!!
    Humanely EUTHANIZE THE PUNK????

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  4. pennysdachshund says:

    YET I can just see the MORONIC SOCIOPATHIC SYMPATHIZER sentencing a family man in Need of Food for his family to 6 months in Jail for shoplifting lunchmeat and bread!!! HE NEEDS to be removed from the BENCH.. the PUTRID PIECE OF COYOTE DUNG has prior ISSUES WITH NEGLECT AND MISTREATMENT OF ANIMALS … HE TOO SHOULD HAVE BEEN BEATEN IN THE HEAD WITH A HAMMER!!!!!

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  5. Nancy Raymond says:

    Once again a judge with the backbone of overcooked spaghetti let an animal murderer go on to abuse/kill another innocent animal. Darius Brooks proved himself an animal abuser before when he left two Great Danes without food/water, yet some ahole judge whose brain is situated where the sun don’t shine gave this maggot ONE DAY in jail. This whole system is wrong, this judge needs to find a new job and Darius Brooks will hopefully, be found dead in the gutter.

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  6. Barkley's Mom says:

    Another worthy sentence for a POS dog killer. It sounds like neither he or his mother are competent to raise a fly let alone a dog! This judge needs to be replaced with someone that can sentence a killer to a worthy punishment. This is disgusting!

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  7. Tracy Whitcomb says:

    WHAT THE FUCK!!!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!! HE NEEDS TO BE UNDER THE FUCKING PRISON!!!!

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  8. Sherry says:

    When is this country going to get serious with sentences and penalties for animal abusers. They are the scum of the earth!This man is out of control and not a human being and there is no justice here for that poor dog Minnie. What a mockery this is. Our justice system is UNJUST. sorry Minnie!

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  9. Joanne says:

    ONLY ONE DAY IN JAIL – DESPICABLE! SHAME ON THE SPINELESS JUDGE WHO HANDED THIS LAME SENTENCE TO THIS DANGEROUS EVIL SCUMBAG! THIS POOR DOG SUFFERED HORRIFIC ABUSE, AGONIZING PAIN, FEAR, AND PROFOUND BETRAYAL! THE POOR DOG DID NOT RECEIVE JUSTICE FOR THE HORRIFIC TORTURE, AND EXCRUCIATING PAIN HE SUFFERED. REST IN HEAVENLY PEACE, PRECIOUS ANGEL PUP, YOU DESERVED SO MUCH BETTER. ANGEL PUP, MAY GOD KEEP YOU SAFE IN HIS TENDER LOVING CARE. ANGEL PUP, YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN. RIP, BABY ♥️????♥️

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  10. pamela bolton says:

    ONE DAY IN JAIL? REALLY ? That must be the going sentence for MURDER. Shame on the judge for such a disgraceful sentence. Sub-humans to things like this because THEY KNOW THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH IT. The judge should be disbarred and never allowed to practice law again because he certainly didn’t know how to conduct this case. And law enforcement wonders why we hate the legal system. This is a case in point. Read and learn.

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