Man charged with animal cruelty after a 5 month long investigation

A Jefferson County man has been charged with animal cruelty due to the death of his dog back in June.

Jefferson County deputies were called to the 4600 block of Caldwell Mill Road on June 17th to investigate a report of animal cruelty.{}

Rufus, an American Staffordshire Terrier, had been killed by having his throat slash.

The custody of the pet had become a point of contention in an ongoing divorce proceeding.{} James Stewart Robinson, one of the owners, made repeated claims that his estranged wife killed the dog to prevent him from gaining custody.

With the assistance of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the remains of the dog were exhumed and sent to the University of Florida Animal Forensics Laboratory. According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the results of the forensic analysis along with electronic data recovered in the form of emails, text messages and voice mails indicated that James Stewart Robinson had killed the dog.

On November 16, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office obtained a felony warrant for the arrest of Robinson on a "Cruelty to a Dog" charge.{} The bond is set at $40,000.

Investigators have attempted to contact both Robinson and his attorney of record to make arrangements for him to surrender.{} He has yet to do so.