News

Texas man accused of beheading mother's dog

Police say he also dissected the dogs stomach, examining the intestines.
Police say the man also dissected the dog's stomach. [AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN FILE PHOTO]
By Claire Osborn cosborn@statesman.com
Posted: Jan. 7, 2019 4:07 pm

A Texas man is accused of stabbing and beheading his mother’s dog last year, according to an arrest affidavit released Monday by police in Round Rock, just north of Austin.

Sebastian Deen Abdullah, 18, was charged with cruelty of a non-livestock animal, a third-degree felony punishable by 10 years in prison. The Australian shepherd mix that died, named Stella, was 16 months old, the affidavit said.

Abdullah’s mother, Diana Sanchez, contacted Round Rock police Nov. 9 to report her son had left with the dog from her Round Rock apartment in the 1800 block of Warner Ranch Drive a few days before and that the dog was now missing. She said Abdullah returned to her apartment with dried blood on him and told her he had gone camping with the dog and that it had run away, according to the affidavit.

It said Sanchez told police she had gone to her car after her son left her apartment and it smelled like a dead animal, so she had to leave her trunk open. A police officer also saw multiple dark stains in the trunk of the car, the affidavit said.

Sanchez called police again Nov. 13 saying she had learned from her mother — after Abdullah had gone to her mother’s house — that the dog’s body might be in a field near the apartment complex, the document said.

It said police found the dog’s harness in the field. Abdullah told police Nov. 21 that he had tied the dog to a tree with a leash and stabbed it multiple times with a kitchen knife in the neck and then cut its head off. He said he put tape over the dog’s mouth when he first stabbed it because the dog was screaming and struggling, the affidavit said.

He also said he dissected the dog’s belly and looked at its intestines, according to the affidavit. It said Abdullah then told police the dog’s body was in a river near a bridge in downtown Round Rock.

An animal control officer found the dog’s headless body in a bag underwater while walking along a creek bank near the Immortal Ten bridge in Round Rock on Nov. 21, the affidavit said. The dog’s body had a microchip in it that had been implanted there when Stella was a puppy, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 23, police searched the field where they had previously found Stella’s harness and found tape with a dog’s white hair stuck to it, the affidavit said. It said officers also dug into a small hole they saw in the ground and found a white kitchen knife that they believed Abdullah used to kill the dog.

A witness told police that Abdullah had previously made statements before the dog died about how he thought the dog was suffering, the affidavit said.

In Case You Missed It

Hannibal's Aaron Roy makes hometown debut during ACW event at Coontz Recreation Center
Saturday was a special day for dozens of professional wrestlers and scores of fans at the Admiral Coontz Recreation Center, as the American Championship Wrestling event ushered in the hometown debut for Roy Lewis (Aaron Roy), and appearances by World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Kane (Glenn Jacobs) and WWE Superstar and trainer Dr. Tom Prichard