PHOENIX - Patrick Thompson, who pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after sacrificing the family dog and putting it in a large smoker, was sentenced Thursday to six months in jail and three years of supervised probation.
The judge also ordered that Thompson not be allowed to own any animals.
When officers responded to the Goodyear home near Yuma and Sarival roads, Thompson "made erratic comments that he had to 'do it for God' and the 'Devil' made him do it and that he put the dog in the smoker," according to court paperwork.
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Thompson told officers "he had smoked marijuana earlier in the day and began to have an 'episode.'"
The arrest report continues, "He began to have a vision that something bad was going to happen to his family and that 'the Lord' was going to kill him for what he had done. The defendant stated that from his readings in the Bible he knew that he had to make a male sacrifice and that he was not going to sacrifice himself or his firstborn son so he told his family that it was going to be the family dog."
According to a court spokesperson Thompson is eligible for work release.