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Man fatally stabbed wife's dog after argument

RICHMOND — Police said a Richmond man fatally stabbed his wife's dog after an argument over money.

Samuel A. Voorhees, 39, faces charges of first-degree cruelty to animals for the alleged stabbing and second-degree assault for the argument with his wife, which police said became violent.

On Feb. 5 at 9 p.m., officers were called to the 400 block of Big Hill Avenue, according to Richmond police.

Police said Voorhees hit his wife, who has not been identified, with a large wooden lamp. She suffered a broken arm. Police said Voorhees also destroyed a large-screen television set before he fled.

Officers arrested Voorhees about 5:30 p.m. the next day at an apartment near his home.

Shortly after his arrest, Voorhees' wife told police that she found her 11/2-year-old Pekingese and poodle mix stabbed to death behind a chair. Officers found a knife they said was linked to Voorhees.

Voorhees' father-in-law also told police that Voorhees had sold the father-in-law's lawn mower and tiller at a local pawn shop.

Voorhees also is charged with theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and violation of a domestic violence order. He was being held at Madison County jail on a $12,500 cash bond.

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