TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) - Five years in prison is the punishment for a man who slashed the throats of two of his former employer’s dogs in Fort Worth.
William Skyler Leak had been working as a caretaker at some Fort Worth stables last year. When he was fired, he refused to leave the mobile home he was living in on the property.
A day after he was court-ordered off the property, Leak broke into the stables and killed two female Border Collies.
He left a note for his dogs’ owner describing the killings as “absolutely beautiful.”
“The sweet surrender as they looked into my eyes. It was breathtaking,” Leak wrote.
He also threatened the dog’s owner, writing, “If you ever try to find me, you will be in the same situation as your dogs.”
Leak pleaded guilty to two counts of animal cruelty, which prosecutors say is usually punishable by six months to two years in jail.
Because of the severe nature of this crime, the grand jury was asked to consider animal cruelty with a deadly weapon, which increases the possible sentence to a maximum of 10 years.
Leak must serve 2 1/2 years before he will be eligible for parole.
“William Leak is obviously a very disturbed individual,” said Prosecutor D.J. Estes. “He will have at least the next 2 1⁄2 years to reflect on the heinous nature of his crime.”