Man accused of slashing dog's throat is arrested

James Stewart Robinson

James Stewart Robinson of Vestavia Hills turned himself in to the Jefferson County Jail Monday night.{} He is charged with Cruelty to a Dog and is being held on a $40,000 bond.

Robinson is accused of killing Rufus, an American Staffordshire Terrier, by slicing the animal's throat. The custody of the pet had become a point of contention in an ongoing divorce proceeding. Each party wanted custody of the dog.

The investigation into the dog's death began in June.{} Robinson blamed the death of the dog on his estranged wife; however, results of a forensic analysis and electronic data recovered in the form of emails, text messages and voice mails indicated that Robinson had killed the dog.

The investigation was a joint effort between the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the University of Florida Animal Forensics Laboratory.{}