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      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.{}

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