MEDFORD, Ore. — A Medford man has been charged with aggravated animal abuse after police say he strangled and stabbed the family dog.

Medford police Lt. Kerry Curtis says 24-year-old Jordan Vogel was found in a parking lot near the apartment where the deceased dog was discovered in a back bedroom.

A witness told police that Vogel suffers from chronic mental illness, and attacked the dog Thursday after getting into an argument with a family member.

Curtis says Vogel had been arrested Jan. 22 for an incident in which he ended up assaulting a police officer.

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