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Case ID: 19803
Classification: Stabbing, Choking / Strangulation / Suffocation
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Abuse was retaliation against animal's bad behavior
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Friday, Sep 28, 2012

Disposition: Alleged

Abuser names unreleased

Animal cruelty charges are being sought against a Michigan City man who stabbed his stepfather's dog after it bit the man's 6-year-old son in the face, authorities said.

The son's condition was not available from police Monday.

According to an investigation, the boy and his sister had been picked up Friday from their father's home in Michigan City to spend the weekend with the man's mother and stepfather.

The man's stepfather told police their dog, a 1-1/2 year old shepherd-chow mix, was chewing on a bone when the boy laid on the floor next to the dog, and the dog bit him in the face.

The boy's father was called to tell him about the incident. When he arrived at Porter Regional Hospital and saw the extent of his son's injuries, he became angry and said he was leaving to shoot the dog.

The Porter County Sheriff's Department was dispatched about 8 p.m. Friday to the grandparents' home in the 700 block of Capitol Road.

At the home, an officer heard a dog yelping and found the Michigan City man on top of the dog. Police said the man had stabbed the dog in the chest with a kitchen knife and was trying to choke the dog.

The man was ordered at gunpoint to show his hands. The man complied, but continued to choke the dog.

The officer then drew his Taser and told the man to release the dog.

The dog was taken to an emergency veterinary clinic in Westville. Because of the extent of the dog's injuries, the owner decided to euthanize the dog.

Officers are asking the Porter County prosecutor to charge the man with cruelty to an animal.


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