On Saturday, a Steamboat Springs man admitted to police he killed his dog and threw it off a bridge. Christopher Dyer, 31, faces aggravated animal cruelty charges for killing his dog.
According to the Steamboat Pilot, Dyer, faces a felony conviction for needlessly killing an animal just after the Colorado House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday that would provide mental health treatments for people who abuse animals as well as restricting their ability to keep an animal.
On Saturday, the Steamboat Spring Police Department received a call from Dyer, stating his dog had just bitten him. Dyer went to the emergency room for bites to his face which required four stitches. Dyer told authorities he had been playing with his dog, named Apollo, when the pit bull-mastiff mix became aggressive and tried to bite him. Dyer stated he tried to calm the dog, but when his hand slipped, the dog lunged at him and tried to grab him by the throat.
And by the time police were able to interview Dyer, his story had changed. Initially he told police he had thrown the dog into his kennel before heading to the emergency room and said he had not planned to kill the dog. Later in the evening, Dyer admitted to killing his dog.
“I knocked him out at the bridge down by the river over by Stockbridge. Honestly, I blacked out. I’ve never done anything so heinous before,” Dyer admitted.
And so Dyer hit Apollo repeatedly over the head after he was so upset his dog actually bit him, and when he thought his dog was unconscious from hitting him, he then threw the dog over the bridge and watched him float away. Dyer headed home and drank a beer before taking a taxi to the emergency room.
Dyer was arrested for felony animal cruelty and posted a $2,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 2.
Rest in peace Apollo.