Deputies: Man stabbed pit bull to death

Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Richard Marier
Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Richard Marier

PALM COAST, Fla. – Flagler County deputies arrested a Palm Coast man Tuesday evening and charged him felony animal cruelty after deputies said he stabbed a pit bull to death.

Richard Marier, 68, a former Flagler County School Board member, told deputies that at about 6 p.m., the neighbor's pit bull charged toward him and his dog Breenie, a Shiba Inu. Marier said the pit bull grabbed his dog by the throat and began viciously shaking it, according to deputies.

Deputies said Marier then pulled out a spring-loaded knife longer than three inches and stabbed the dog five times.

The 5-year-old pit bull's owner, Carlos Matos Jr., said his dog Lala ran out the door of his home on Ballenger Lane, and when he called for his dog, the animal paused at the swale. Matos told deputies the dog then approached Marier and Breenie as if to sniff, but he denied his dog ever lunged at the two.

A witness told deputies he saw Lala run from inside the home, but he didn't see her attack Marier's dog.

Deputies said Breenie had no injuries or bite marks.

Marier was additionally charged with carrying a concealed weapon in the commission of a felony. He was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility and released after posting $6,500 bond.

Marier was elected to the School Board in 1994. He served one term after being defeated in his 1998 re-election bid.