Roy man faces felony after allegedly punching, killing puppy

A Roy man is accused of killing his Chihuahua puppy last year and has now been charged in Weber County in connection with the crime.

A Roy man is accused of killing his Chihuahua puppy last year and has now been charged in Weber County in connection with the crime. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)


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ROY — A Roy man was charged Tuesday with killing his Chihuahua puppy last year.

Nakia Simmons, 46, is charged in 2nd District Court with torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony. Though he was charged this week, the actions took place in October, according to charging documents.

Roy police officers were sent to Simmons' home on Oct. 20 after officers responded to a report of animal cruelty. Witnesses told police that Simmons had thrown an 8-week-old male Chihuahua puppy from his house into his yard. He left the puppy outside all day during cold weather and threatened to kill the dog, according to the charges.

Officers who talked to Simmons at the home said Simmons admitted to punching the puppy and killing it, the charges state. The court documents also say that the puppy's body was examined and was found to have multiple injuries; its cause of death declared to be blunt force trauma.

Simmons was issued a summons to appear in court in connection with the charges. His first court appearance is expected on March 3.

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Jacob Scholl joined KSL.com as a reporter in 2021. He covers northern Utah communities, federal courts and technology.

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