May 31, 2012
A Fort Carson soldier was charged in court Thursday with animal cruelty after telling authorities that he strangles dogs to quell homicidal urges, court records show.
Brian Christopher Jones, 28, is charged in the March death of his three-month-old pet rat terrier, which he allegedly choked to death before putting its body in a trash bin. But according to an arrest affidavit, Jones admitted to a previous attack that he attributed to psychosis.
Jones, of the 100 block of Tulane Street, said he pulled over in his neighborhood a week before killing his pet and strangled a stray black Labrador. He said he also disposed of that animal's body in a trash bin.
"Mr. Jones stated that he has been hearing voices coming from his basement, and in an attempt to quell homicidal urges, he strangled the dogs, which gave him some temporary relief," Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region animal control officer Kenneth Gingrich wrote in the arrest affidavit.
Jones' wife told investigators he had recently been deployed and hadn't had problems since returning home. Fort Carson officials confirmed that Jones is a specialist in the Army and is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team.
The affidavit wasn't specific about the location of the attack on the stray, and a portion detailing how police received the tip about Jones was redacted from the document.
Jones allegedly said he choked the pet rat terrier after it bit him on the hand, Gingrich said.
The arrest affidavit said an animal control officer saw a Satanic bible on Jones' dining room table "along with a number of DVDs and CDs pertaining to Satan worship."
Court documents show that Jones relinquished ownership of a 1 1/2-year-old pit bull mix named Rygel while under investigation.
Jones couldn't be reached for comment.