Woman, 56, accused of stabbing dog to death

LAWRENCEVILLE - A Norcross woman faces jail time for allegedly stabbing a small dog to death and disposing of its body in a Dumpster.

Kathy Hoovert Wasson, 56, was indicted this week on a single charge of animal cruelty stemming from a March 29 incident last year.

Wasson repeatedly stabbed and slashed a 10-year-old Pug named "Zodiac," causing the animal's death, according to an arrest warrant. Her arraignment is expected within a month.

Wasson spent about two weeks in the Gwinnett County Jail following the incident. A judge granted her bond last April on conditions she "not possess any animals and ... submit to mental health treatment," according to the warrant. She posted a $5,600 bond April 13.

A police report indicates Wasson's alleged attack could have been triggered by mental illness.

Wasson owned the dog with her roommate at a 6659 Langtry Lane residence. She initially told her roommate the dog died of a heart attack and that she left it in a Dumpster behind a Graves Road laundromat, according to the report.

That's where police found the Pug - a toy breed known for its playfulness and loyalty - hours later.

"This dog had multiple stabs and slashes to the point one could describe it as being mutilated," an officer wrote in a police report. "A knife was still stuck in the dog."

Friends told police Wasson was taking numerous medications and was not mentally stable.

Police found more knives used to kill the dog in Wasson's residence, where she was arrested the same day, according to the report.

Gwinnett County Animal Control officers took custody of the dog's remains.

Wasson could not be reached for comment Thursday. She could face up to five years in prison if convicted, according to Georgia law.