A Columbia man is accused of stabbing and strangling a dog to death while high on ecstasy.
Court records show 29-year-old Mark Michael Jones appeared by video Thursday in Boone County Circuit Court following his arrest for felony animal abuse. Jones did not have an attorney and was told to apply for a public defender. He is currently in jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.
Columbia police officer Jade Mills wrote in charging documents that the victim contacted authorities after Jones allegedly killed her dog. She told officers that on Aug. 25 Jones admitted to taking ecstasy and said he was going into the kitchen to make something to eat.
After a few minutes, the victim heard her dog yelping multiple times, according to the affidavit. When she went into the kitchen, she allegedly saw Jones holding a knife to her dog and two stab wounds on its neck.
The victim and Jones got into a vehicle to take the dog to the vet. Jones then strangled the dog to death, according to the affidavit.
Mills wrote in charging documents that Jones has a history of drug use and has been aggressive when dealing with law enforcement. Prosecutors in a motion to set bond wrote that at the time of his arrest he was on probation for domestic assault and they will be seeking to revoke his probation.
Jones' next court appearance is set for Sept. 25 before Associate Circuit Judge Tracy Gonzales.