August 04, 2010

Matthew Foote - Jailed After Butchering Dog He Told Police Was Possessed By Satan

Santa Rosa, Florida (The Weekly Vice) - Matthew Foote, a 25-year-old Gulf Breeze man, was arrested Sunday after he allegedly stabbed and skinned the family dog because the dog was possessed by Satan.

According to Santa Rosa County deputies, Foote's father called police to report that his son had killed the family dog.

Authorities say Foote admitted to stabbing the family's 7-year-old Dachshund Chihuahua mix because it was possessed. Foote allegedly stabbed the dog multiple times and then held it's mouth shut until it stopped breathing.

He allegedly admitted to skinning, gutting, burning and then burying the dog in a hole he had dug in the backyard of his house. He then allegedly took the skin and entrails of the pooch and tossed them in a wooded area.

Santa Rosa deputies say Foote stated that he killed the dog because he believed it was possessed by Satan. He also stated that he had recently stayed a weekend in Louisiana where he met lots of "evil people" including a woman he claimed to have punched.

He went on to explain he was certain that there was "something in the water" that caused people he met to be evil.

Foote was booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on a charge of third-degree felony cruelty to animals. He is being held without bond pending a psychological evaluation.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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