The Omaha man who killed his mom’s German Shepherd has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.
Nathan C. Mayer was sentenced to 18 months in jail after killing Shoes, his mom’s German Shepherd, in November 2015. Douglas County District Judge Marlon Polk also ordered that the 34-year-old must serve 18 months of post-release supervision. The judge also prohibited him from owning or living with a pet for 10 years.
Mayer had pleaded no contest to felony animal mistreatment for killing Shoes, noting that he was only defending himself because the German Shepherd bit him. But investigators say otherwise.
According to the Omaha World-Herald, the German Shepherd was found stabbed multiple times and beaten with dumbbell weights. Poor Shoes had fractured cheekbones and broken teeth. Investigators also found bloodstains through the two stories of the house, including behind a couch and end table where they believe the German Shepherd tried to hide.
With Mayer’s previous records, Deputy Douglas County Attorney Amy Jacobse said Mayer isn’t a good candidate for probation. She added that she asked Polk to prohibit him from owning an animal for 15 years.
Ryan Thomas, Mayer’s attorney, said his client is not a bad person and suggested intensive outpatient treatment for him.
“He made a bad decision. … This year has been difficult for him. If he could go back and change what he did, he would,” Thomas told Omaha World-Herald.
According to the lawyer, Mayer served in the Army and was honorably discharged. He is attending college but he has had substance abuse problems.
Polk argued that if rage could cause Mayer to kill Shoe, what might he do if he felt the same way towards a person?
More than 300 people sent letters to Polk asking for his support to help end animal cruelty.
“I hope it will send a message that animal cruelty will not be tolerated,” Mark Langan, vice president of field operations for the Nebraska Humane Society, told Omaha World-Herald.
Rest in peace, Shoes. 🙂