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Case ID: 18381
Classification: Stabbing
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Nancy Luth

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Saturday, Aug 6, 2011

County: Cascade

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted

Defendant/Suspect: David Boyken

Case Updates: 2 update(s) available

A Great Falls man allegedly slit the throat of his Jack Russell terrier Saturday - with police nearby.

The Jack Russell survived; the man was arrested and cited for misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

Great Falls Police Lt. John Sowell said police responded to the area of 911 14th St. S.W. on a report that 49-year-old David Boyken was threatening his neighbors with a knife at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Sowell said the man's dog had gotten out of his yard and the neighbors were returning it. Boyken, who allegedly was intoxicated at the time, became upset and waved a knife, Sowell said.

The neighbors told police that they did not fear for their safety. However, when officers were getting ready to leave the area, they observed Boyken go into the woods with the dog.

"Officers heard the dog yelp so they went to investigate and they found him (Boyken) in the process of cutting the dog's throat with a knife," Sowell said.

The dog suffered several serious cuts requiring stitches and will have scarring, but is expected to be fine, Sowell said.

"The Jack Russell's going to make it," he said.

Personnel from the Great Falls Animal Shelter rushed to the scene and members of Great Falls Fire/Rescue assisted with the care of the animal until they arrived. The dog was taken to a veterinarian.

"I would assume we're not going to give the dog back," Sowell said.

Cruelty to animals doesn't become a felony until a second offense, Sowell said. He added that officers discovered a warrant for misdemeanor dangerous drugs while Boyken was being booked on the cruelty charge.

Case Updates

David Boyken of Great Falls, accused of cutting his dog's throat, changed his plea in Municipal Court last week.

Originally, Boyken pled not guilty to animal cruelty.

He cut his dog's throat in August while police were on scene interviewing his neighbor's claims of being threatened with a knife.

Boyken's dog was treated by a veterinarian and survived the incident.

Last week Boyken changed his plea in court.

His guilty plea landed him a sentence of 10 days in jail at the transitional center.

Boyken will also be required to pay a $585 fine and pay $3,500 in restitution to the Great Falls animal shelter.
Source: - Dec 29, 2011
Update posted on Dec 30, 2011 - 12:06AM 
David Boyken, the Great Falls man accused of cutting a dog's throat after an altercation with his neighbor, appeared in Municipal Court on Tuesday.

Boyken entered a not guilty plea to the charge of cruelty to animals.

Judge Nancy Luth ordered Boyken not to possess, harbor, or maintain any animals until his December 29th trial date.

Boyken allegedly cut the throat of his own dog while police were on scene interviewing his neighbor's claims of being threatened with a knife.

The dog was treated by a Great Falls veterinarian, and we're told that the dog is now in good spirits and is recovering at the Animal Shelter.

Boyken also pled not guilty to a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
Source: - Aug 9, 2011
Update posted on Aug 9, 2011 - 8:39PM 


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