By Calvin Palmer
An Oklahoma judge has ordered a mental competency hearing for a man and woman accused of killing a puppy to make a belt out of its hide.
Krystal Lynn Lewis, 23, and Austin Michael Mullins, 26, are being held in the Muskogee County jail on $25,000 bail each.
They have been charged with one felony count of cruelty to animals.
“We’re talking about a 6- or 7-week-old defenseless puppy,” said sheriff’s deputy George Roberson. “That’s pretty heinous and sadistic.”
Lewis allegedly wanted the Jack Russell terrier puppy, named Poplin, killed because it was a gift from a female ex-lover.
Roberson said Mullins shot the terrier 10 times with a .22-caliber pistol. Lewis skinned the animal at her apartment and nailed the hide to a board.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]