(Las Vegas, KXNT)-A 22-year old Las Vegas man accused of slashing the neck of his family’s dog is found competent to stand trial. Jeremy Espiritu was arrested in December for killing black lab mix Serenity.
A police report of the incident show’s Espiritu’s cold response to why he did it. The report states Espiritu told police he “wanted to” and that he “likes to hurt dogs.” The complaint goes into even more detail of what happened. When asked if the dog provoked him, Espiritu tells police, ” Nope, I just wanted to stab the dog so I sat on the floor and cut its neck.”
At the time, Espiritu’s stepfather and mother told police they were concerned with his mental health. Espiritu has a history of drug abuse and has also been known to disappear for weeks at a time.
A court asked for psychological evaluations on Espiritu, but doctors have found him competent. Gina Greisen, president of Nevada Voters for Animals, has been closely following the case. She says even though he was found competent, he obviously needs more help.
“It does us no good to put this guy in prison for a year and just have him come out and maybe escalate up to people. I really do hope they address his mental health issues, even if he is competent to stand trial,” stated Greisen.
The case will now move back to Justice court where court proceedings will be scheduled. This crime is considered a felony. If convicted, Espiritu could face up to 4 years in prison.