South Charleston man accused of snapping Chihuahua’s neck


A man accused of snapping the neck of a 3-year-old Chihuahua named Roxie was scheduled to appear in Clark County Municipal Court today.

Christopher Matthews, 29, has been charged with cruelty to a companion animal stemming from a 2015 incident where a dog warden alleged he killed Roxie because it bit him.

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A deputy dog warden wrote in an affidavit that he responded to a report that a puppy had been killed during a domestic dispute, but found through his investigation that Roxie was likely killed after having her neck snapped.

“When Christopher Matthews came outside, he advised that he did in fact kill the dog by ‘snapping its neck’ because it had bitten his hand,” the affidavit says. “He stated the he has told his wife on numerous occasions he was going to kill the dog if it continued to bite him.”

A medical report attached to the case says Roxie had multiple skull fractures and showed signs of abuse and trauma.

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