Kentucky man claims he killed, skinned dogs to make coat

Convict escapes from Corrections vehicle
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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP)- 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.