June 3, 2019 By Christian Murray
A Brooklyn man who stabbed a dog to death in Woodside in 2017 and then failed to appear in court was arrested in April for stealing a bottle of vodka from a Woodside Avenue liquor store.
Jose Tox, 27, who has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and petit larceny charges, was sentenced last week to six months jail for stabbing and killing a dog on 39th Avenue—a breach of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
He was also sentenced to six months for the liquor-store theft and one day for jumping bail. All three sentences will run concurrently, so Tox will get six months jail in total.
According to the charges, Tox was observed walking in front of 59-10 39th Ave. on Sept. 16, 2017, at around 10:48 p.m. He was seen pacing back and forth in front of a fence, before leaning over and thrusting a small knife into the dog—called Betsy—before fleeing the scene.
The knife left a one-inch deep stab wound beneath Betsy’s jaw that ultimately killed her. Police arrested Tox one block away from the location in possession of a gravity knife.
Tox made two appearances in court after being charged for animal cruelty but failed to appear on his following court dates. A bench warrant was then issued.
One year later, he was observed on April 15, 2019, stealing a bottle of Vodka from the 5 Star Wine & Liquor Store at 59-12 Woodside Ave. He was soon arrested.
Tox, as part of his sentence, is banned from owning or possessing or residing with any animal for five years after his release and is required to register with the New York City Department of Health as an animal abuser.
“The defendant has pleaded guilty and has been sentenced to jail for this cruel act against a defenseless animal,” said acting district attorney John M. Ryan in a statement. “This office will not tolerate these kinds of acts of aggression towards innocent animals. The sentence issued by the Court is more than warranted.”