Kentucky man claims he killed, skinned dogs to make coat

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. — A Kentucky man who claims to have killed and skinned four of his neighbors’ dogs to make a “doggy coat” has been charged with animal torture. 

News outlets report 38-year-old Jonathan D. Watkins was arrested in Floyd County on Dec. 23 after a neighbor called authorities. 

A state trooper who responded found Watkins at his home with a knife and what appeared to be blood on his clothing. An arrest citation says Watkins told the trooper he was bloody because he was making a coat from dog skins. 

A judge appointed Watkins a public defender at a Dec. 27 hearing and ordered a psychiatric examination.

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