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Cary man gets 100 days in jail for stabbing dog

Posted December 4, 2015

Douglas Joseph Hagler

— The Cary man charged with cruelty to animals for stabbing his Siberian Husky last spring and later became the target of the "Justice for Koda" protest entered an Alford plea in the case Friday.

An Alford plea allows a defendant to plead guilty, while maintaining his or her innocence, because there is sufficient evidence to find him or her guilty.

Superior Court Judge Graham Shirley II sentenced Douglas Joseph Hagler to 100 days in jail and five years of probation and substance abuse counseling.

Hagler's attorney, Charles Caldwell, said the dog had a history of being aggressive and biting people and had attacked Hagler's roommate.

He told the court that Hagler is an alcoholic who doesn't remember stabbing the dog, but Shirley was unsympathetic.

"I think the thing that concerns me most is the statement that was made that you cannot handle yourself well in stressful situations. Life is one series of stressful situations after another," the judge said.

The court heard the details of the attack on Koda, including audio of a 911 call that prompted several people in the courtroom to weep.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Matt Lively said Koda had 11 stab wounds and three broken ribs.


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  • King Mopar Dec 4, 2015
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    What a POS. His life means less than the dog who probably thought of him as a friend. A human, who isn't a human.

  • Debbie Rinaldo Dec 4, 2015
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    100 hundred years instead of days would have been justice

  • Debbie Rinaldo Dec 4, 2015
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    100 hundred years would have been justice

  • Salli Gallagher Dec 4, 2015
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    This is not enough time.

  • Heather Brittingham Dec 4, 2015
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    The dog was killed by this person.

  • Laura Baxter Dec 4, 2015
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    This is unacceptable. He needs to get more jail time, and he needs to pay all medical bills for this animal for life. And hopefully he is banned from owning any other animals.

  • Sonja Yagel Dec 4, 2015
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    It should be 5 years in jail. Being a drunk is no excuse for what he did. I hope he never is able to own an animal of any kind again. The dog didn't cause he to be drunk, he chose to do that. The dog was plainly a victim of this man's irresponsibility and meaness.

  • Jean Cook Dec 4, 2015
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    His sentence is not nearly enough time.

  • Mark Colyer Dec 4, 2015
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    I think the case turned against this man when the dog took the stand.

  • Tom Laurence Dec 4, 2015
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    Glad he got punished; wished it was a longer number of days in jail. Scum!