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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — What started as a regular Sunday for one Brunswick County family took a turn for the worst after they say their neighbor stabbed their beloved dog to death.

It’s been a hard week for the Lay family, as they laid their almost two-year-old dog– Brutto to rest. Michael Lay says their neighbor Carl Chamberlin, also known as Sandman, killed their pup. Lay says Chamberlin was walking his dog when Brutto went up to him.

His nine-year-old son was outside and ran up to grab Brutto when they say Chamberlin began stabbing the dog. Michael says the neighbor stabbed him ten to 15 times, and then threatened to stab his son if he did not get away. It’s a situation the whole family is devastated about.

Michael Lay Jr., who witnessed the entire incident said,”He was instigating our dog. And our dog ran up to his dog. And then his dog bit our dog. And then Sandman told me to get back before he stabs me. Then I got back then I ran and told my parents. Then they came out and Brutto was dead laying on the ground.”

The Lay family has filed several charges against Chamberlin, including animal cruelty and a restraining order.

We knocked on Chamberlin’s door, but no one answered.


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  1. Elizabeth

    Seeing that the other dog didn’t even have a mark on him, this was hardly a fair fight. Only a degenerate psychopath would stab a dog not once, not twice, but 15 times. The rest of you defending this psychopath are operating on stereotype. Just like not two humans are the same, neither are two pit bulls. Poor Bruno.

  2. Donna

    Seems like this man is in the wrong my neighbors dog ran up to mine both Pitt bills however my dog just rolled over in inocents a two year old putt Bull or any dog as far as that matter are playful. Now I don’t let mine out in front yard which is about an acre I let Her out in fenced yard in the back. SAd that this dog was killed regardless

  3. momofthree

    There has GOT to be more to this story. Someone out walking their dog has a pit bull come running up to them so they stab the pit in self defense sounds more likely.

    1. S seenes

      Do you walk your dog in your neighbors yard two houses over behind their house or do you walk your dog on the road like normal people the pit didn’t bite anything he didn’t even defend himself.

  4. nonpitbullpetslivesmattertoo

    Pit bulls have been selectively bred for extreme aggression for hundreds of years for violent blood sports with a deadly bite. They are not safe or appropriate pets and should never be considered as such. Not all pit bulls will maim or kill but predicting which ones will is impossible.

    Pit bull-type dogs make up 5% of the U.S. dog population but are responsible for 95% of the severe attacks on people, pets and livestock every year in the U.S. Pit-bulls are dangerous because they have the capability of inflicting life threatening injuries in a split second. Pit bull type dogs are zero-mistake dogs and people make too many mistakes. We need to decrease the pit bill population from 5% to under 1% to achieve public safety.

    The vast majority of the pit bull type dogs that severely maul or kill are family pets, and are not trained fighters. Pit type dogs are hardwired to maul and kill without warning, it is a part of the genetic code like border collies herd, labs swim, goldens retrieve, pointers point, and bloodhounds track.

    From 2005-2017, 255 people killed by pit bull type dogs. Go to: DOGSBITE ORG

    This site tracks severe pit bull attacks: National Pit Bull Victim Awareness

    459 disfigurements in 2015 by pit bulls.

    40,000 estimated animals killed by pit bulls every year.

    Pit bulls do not lock their jaws but with their gameness trait they do not let go.

    Two words to prove pit bull type dogs are inherently dangerous, “BREAK STICK’.

    Does this sound like a normal and safe dog breed to have live in our neighborhoods? Pit Bull Rescue Central recommends ALL pit bull owners to have a “break stick”, a wedge-shaped piece of wood used to pry open a pit bull’s jaw during an attack. “Since pit bulls have a strong fighting background, we recommend that pet owners also have a breaking stick as a precaution, even if they don’t plan to use it in an illegal context. However, please be discreet. Breaking sticks are not something to brag about and the general public might have the wrong impression if you walk around with a stick in your hand. Breaking sticks are not illegal, but they are considered dog fighting paraphernalia in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.”

    According to Pit Bull Rescue Central, “It is a FACT that our pit bulls, AmStaffs and pit mixes come with a built-in fighting heritage.It doesn’t matter where we get them from, whether it be the pound, a stray we pick up, or a puppy we buy from a breeder. The majority of pit bulls will, at some point in their lives, exhibit some degree of dog-on-dog aggression. Yet, chances are that a “normal” pit bull will not share his affection with other animals.We cannot predict when or where it will happen and we can’t love, train or socialize it out of the dog. Pit bulls may not start fights, but they will finish them.”

    Red Flag: MOST insurance companies have come to the same conclusion and do no cover pit-bulls because they can’t afford the risk. Insurance companies have a calculated actuarial risk of pit bulls a lot higher compared with other dog breeds. Pit bulls are more likely to attack their owners. Dog attacks are the third most common claim on homeowner’s insurance. More evidence that people who have pit-bulls and certain other types of breeds are endangering people and other people’s beloved pets in our communities.

    It all starts with the ethical breeder willing to produce a dog with a stable inherited temperament. Domestic animals are selectively bred for certain traits, people are not. It is not possible to discriminate against dog breeds that are purposely bred for certain traits and characteristics. Dog breeding is the practice of mating selected dogs with the intent to maintain or produce specific qualities and characteristics. There are 300+ dog breeds. Pit bull breeders are the only ones who are breeding for aggression, tenacity and power to create the ultimate canine gladiator. The reality is that it is not how you raise them, it is how they are bred. “Love” will not take away a pit bulls inherent drive to kill. They are supplying to dog fighters, drug dealers, gang members, people who want a guard dog or a dog that looks like a protection dog. Aggression is a dominant trait resulting in a 75% chance of inheritance. One needs to actively breed to eliminate it through selective breeding and deliberate attrition, things that back yard breeders never do. Another problem is the rampant inbreeding with pit bull that produces unsafe dog. Pit-bull type dogs are the number one dog surrendered to shelters, a million every year, mostly because of aggression issues. Then many are rehomed by irresponsible pit bull advocates back into our communities. Watch this clip of unethical backyard breeders:

    Most dogs warn you before they attack, growling or barking to tell you how angry they are—”so they don’t have to fight,” ASPCA adviser and animal geneticist Stephen Zawistowski stresses. Not the pit bull, which attacks without warning. Most dogs, too, will bow to signal that they want to frolic. Again, not the pit bull, which may follow an apparently playful bow with a lethal assault.

    BENJAMIN HART, professor emeritus at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and animal behaviorist, “It’s quite common for a pit bull to show no signs of aggression. People will call it a nice dog, a sweet dog, even the neighbors – and then all of a sudden something triggers the dog, and it attacks a human in a characteristic way of biting and hanging on until a lot of damage is done. Hart said pit bulls are responsible for about 60 percent of dog attack fatalities each year, which is “way out of proportion” compared with other breeds. Pit bulls make up less than 5 percent of the American dog population. “It’s very poor policy to allow any child around a pit bull, in my mind, let alone climb on a dog.”

    Tia Torres who has a T.V. show on Animal Planet called, “Pit Bulls & Parolees​” wrote this for Rescue Train. “It’s a mistake to think the fighting gene can be easily trained or loved out of a pit-bull.”

    Why she think it’s appropriate to rehome pit bulls after saying that is beyond me. Adopting out predators of other people’s beloved pets compromises public safety. In my opinion is immoral. Pit bulls are zero mistake dogs and people make too many mistakes.

    1. CitizenX

      Despite the obvious bias, you have constructed a logical argument against the particular breed of dog. I would offer the assumption, based on the opinion provided, the author supports or advocates the violence and death of the dog and may also advocate the murderous threats towards the child.

  5. S seenes

    Unfortunately this is not Chamberlins first animal incident. He has abused animals before. I used to live there he is why I moved. He has instigated this before but this time poor Bruto got caught up in this. And no Bruto didn’t start this that is why chamberlins dog didn’t receive medical care. Also what kind of a person threatens a kid, the poor dog didn’t even fight back. Thank god for the Sherriff dept for cleaning up our streets, chamberlain was arrested.

  6. CitizenX

    Tragic story with what appears to be a long history. Which dog instigated is irrelevant at the moment; to kill the dog may have been the correct escalation of force – where is it appropriate to threaten to stab a nine year old? What part of the restraining order was violated to be close enough to be in the situation to defend oneself? No blame, just curious.

  7. KaD

    Typical nutter that blames everyone else but themselves for a situation
    that was 100% preventable had they just controlled and contained their
    dog. As usual, the only time they are concerned about their undogs being
    loose is when their dog gets hurt.

    1. Roger Samson

      stabbed 10 to 15 times, and then threatens a child, who’s the nutter? bet you voted for Trump…………..

  8. guest45

    “our dog ran up to his dog” sounds like a clear cut case of self defense on the other dog owners part.

    1. Roger Samson

      stabbing a dog 10-15 times with a knife, doesn’t sound like self defense. Who walks with a knife while walking their dog?

      1. DB Bell

        Many who unfortunately have GLADIATOR dogs as neighbors carry a weapon for protection.

      2. S seenes

        Who walks there dog in the neighbors yard ? A instigator! This isn’t the first incident.

      3. S seenes

        Thank you also who stabs a dog to death that isn’t fighting back.

      4. shiloh66

        I do because of owners who refuse to contain their dogs.Not going to stand by and watch my leashed dogs get killed.Shouldve kept pibbles properly contained dog could’ve just as easily been hit by a car,but I doubt that we’d heard about that.Owners have no one to blame but themselves.I look at this way if you make it my problem then don’t piss and moan about how I solve it.

    2. S seenes

      Yeah you would think that but the other dog owner didn’t even have to take his dog to the vet because Bruno didn’t even touch him. Thank God the DA decided to press the charges

  9. ohreally

    Hate to see an animal killed, but it sounds like there’s a lot more to this story. Was the Lay dog actually the instigator, got too close, not on a leash? Is there a history between the neighbors/dogs? etc.

  10. James Last

    so sad…was Brutto on a leash, was he in his owner’s yard when this occurred?

    1. S seenes

      Honestly that is your reaction to this kids dog being stabbed to death in front of him

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