Lexington man charged with torture after dog stabbed to death

A Lexington man is charged in connection with the fatal stabbing of a dog, Lexington police said.

Kimanita Hale, 21, was charged with resisting arrest and torture of a dog with serious injury or death, according to the Web site of the Fayette County Detention Center.

Shortly before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers were dispatched to a report of a disorder during which a dog had been stabbed to death at 1425 Huntsville Drive. Upon arrival, officers found Hale standing inside the residence over a dead dog, and holding a large knife to himself, police said in a release.

After a struggle, Hale was taken into custody and charged. Animal control took possession of the dead dog.

Torture of a dog is typically a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail, but when the animal dies, it is a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison.