This happy fellow is Matthew Foote, 25, who has been arrested on a bizarre alleged crime. Police say that the Florida man because convinced that the family dog (a 7-year-old Dachshund Chihuahua mix) was possessed by the devil and proceeded to stab and skin the animal.
Foote says that he was recently in New Orleans and believed that evil spirits followed him — perhaps spreading through the water.
The court has wisely set him down for psychiatric evaluation. This may be a case where the underlying sentence for third-degree felony cruelty to animals is less than the time he could be held as criminally insane. Anyone who would stab, mutilates, and burn a dog as a possessed demon is presumptively a danger to society.