Man Charged With Assault After Stabbing a Man in Butler County

By: Melissa Warren Email
By: Melissa Warren Email

Butler County, Ky --A Butler County man who admitted to beating a dog into a tree after accidentally hitting it with his car last month, has been charged with assault for allegedly stabbing a man during an incident last week.

Thirty one year old Bennie Ray Neal was charged with second degree assault after stabbing a man at his home on Monford Rd. during an argument. It was just last month Neal admitted to beating a neighbor's dog into a tree after accidentally hitting it with his car.
The victim, Brian Embry says his brother and Neal were arguing about the dog. That's when Embry stepped in to prevent a fight and was stabbed.

"When I went to the county attorney, he wasn't very receptive to actually doing something with Bennie Neal as far as prosecution is concerned. I made it very clear that if he would do inhumane things to a dog, that a person would be next," said owner of beaten dog Amanda Hayduk.

Butler County Attorney Richard Deye says Neal was never charged with anything related to torturing an animal because Kentucky law states there are exceptions for the act when it's done for humane purposes. Neal told deputies he beat the dog because it was badly injured, but Hayduk thinks there were more humane options, and some animal rights activists agree.

"Wanting to use this incident to maybe change a law. I would hope we have more defined laws in the future to protect our animals. I wouldn't want another dog to suffer the way my dog had suffered," said Hayduk.

Saying she's seen to much Hayduk says she wants out of her neighborhood.

"There are things that go on in the neighborhood that shouldn't and the stabbing occurrence is just one of them," said Hayduk.

According to a Butler County Sheriff Deputy's report, Neal smelled like alcohol when sheriff's deputies arrived at his home following the stabbing. He was also charged with alcohol intoxication in public and resisting arrest. Neal is currently in the Butler County Jail.
Hayduk says she is looking into taking civil action following the July dog beating incident.

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