A 35-year-old Arvada man has been charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty and Criminal Mischief for killing his girlfriend’s dog. Samuel Stubbs Talbert was arrested by Arvada police on May 28 at the house he shared with his girlfriend. When police were called to the house they found Akasha, a 1½ year old white Shepherd, dead in the back yard.
Around midnight that evening Talbert told his girlfriend that he was going to take both of their dogs out for a walk. An hour later neighbors called police after they allegedly observed Talbert kick, hit and drag the dog by its leash. When Arvada police arrived they observed that Talbert appeared to be intoxicated. The other dog was not harmed.
According to court records the couple had a serious argument two weeks prior. His girlfriend said that Talbert had attempted to strangle her. She said she told Talbert that she was moving out.
Talbert has been charged with Aggravated Animal Cruelty (F6) and Criminal Mischief (F4). He has a preliminary hearing set for June 22 at 10:00. If convicted of both counts he could face up to 7½ years in prison.