A Des Moines man is in jail and facing a string of felony charges after being accused of stabbing his dog to death.
The Des Moines Police Department were first called to the 1900 block of East Bell Avenue around 1:00 a.m., when a neighbor heard a dog yelping for help. Police went to check on things, but no one was home.
Detectives thought they spotted a body through a window but found a large dog’s body in a trash bag.
Eventually, police caught up with the owner, Martell, Simpson, 33, of Des Moines, and had a lot of blood on him but no injuries.
Officers were able to connect Simpson to the residence and determined he stabbed the dog.
Investigators are still trying to figure out exactly what happened.
“At this point, there’s really no answer to what was going on,” said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. “No one else was in the home, but we did learn that there were three children living there inside that house and the living conditions there were absolutely filthy and not fit for anyone else to be living there.”
Those children are now in the custody of the Department of Human Services. Police say they’ll be kept with other relatives at least until the holidays are over.