Man turns himself in after attacking dog with hammer

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DICKSON, Okla. (KXII)-- A man turned himself in Monday after coming home drunk and hitting the dog of his girlfriend's son repeatedly over the head with a hammer.

21-year-old Cash Roberts says he goes everywhere with his dog, Marsh the black lab.

You wouldn't guess by looking at the 11-month-old now, but two months ago, he a head injury after being hit three times with a hammer.

"He's doing good now, he's thriving, he's back to his self," Roberts said. "He's got a bump, but he's always been a knot head."

Police say on March 14, 50-year-old Darrin Hambrick came home drunk and found a chewed up garden hose. He grabbed a hammer and then hit the dog several times, before the dog got away.

He was treated by a veterinarian and released, with no lasting damage.

"It's a miracle looking at those pictures," Dickson Police Captain Stephen Hensen said. "He had some blood running down his head and everything."

But Henson says that doesn't change the seriousness of the crime.

"It's not acceptable," Henson said. Cruelty to animals, it's a felony."

Roberts says Hambrick told him it was the worst thing he's ever done.

"He feels bad for what he did, and I want to be able to forgive and forget, but its just tough to do." Roberts said.

But he says someone has to fight for Marsh.

"There's nothing he can do. He can't say nothing," Roberts said. "He's mine, and I feel like you might as well have hit me over the head with a hammer."

Now he says its about moving forward.

"I'm just truly blessed to have him with me. I thank God every time I look at him. Like, he could be gone." Roberts said.

If convicted, Hambrick could face anywhere from a $500 fine, to five years in prison.

He bonded out Monday, and returns to court June 15.

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