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Man who killed dog charged for stabbing in New Phila

| April 7, 2022

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (April 7, 2022) – The New Philadelphia man who spent six months in jail for killing his English bulldog is now facing charges for a stabbing Wednesday evening.

59-year-old Adam Soto was arrested charged with felonious assault for the attack that happened around 7:20 pm at a home in the 200-block of Front Avenue. Firefighters transported the 50-year-old victim to Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital but couldn’t disclose the extent of his injuries due to patient privacy protections.

Local business owner and child abuse prevention advocate Kristen Shoup talked about how people who harm animals often go on to do the same to humans during a ceremony at the courthouse hours earlier.

“There was always thought, and it’s true, that there is a tie between animal abuse and child abuse. Those who start abusing animals typically end up abusing children also.”

Soto was convicted of a felony count of cruelty to companion animals in December of 2020 after changing his plea from not guilty to no contest. He’s currently on probation for an incident last July where he reportedly struck someone in the back of the head multiple times with a golf club. He could make his initial court appearance for the stabbing as early as tomorrow morning.

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