Accused dog abuser's case retired

Staff Reports • Updated Jul 12, 2014 at 12:33 AM

A Mt. Juliet man charged with aggravated cruelty to animals appeared in court Thursday.

In May 2013, Nathan Haskins, 33, of Mt. Juliet, was accused of cutting the throat of a dog that belonged to a man with whom he got into a fight.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene on Benders Ferry Road at the time and found someone had cut the throat of 2-year-old Bella, a German shepherd and Labrador retriever mix.

Representatives from Lifehouse Animal Rescue were called to help Bella get treatment.

Bella was then taken to Countryside Animal Hospital, where she immediately had surgery and recovered.

Haskins was charged with the crime. According to the arrest report, Haskins and the dog’s owner argued, and Bella tried to bite Haskins.

On Thursday, Haskins appeared before Judge David Durham, who retired the case for one year. Durham said if Haskins complies with all he is supposed to do and does not rack up any more offenses, the charge could be dismissed. He could then request his record be expunged. 

He has a court date for review set for July 13, 2015.

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