A young dog that was stabbed seven times with a steak knife was recovering from her injuries Tuesday, officials said.
Ms. Pegram said her brother,who has a history of mental illness, had not been taking his medicine for conditions including dementia. During the afternoon on Sept. 21, he began to think the dog “was a demon.”
“Shih Tzus are friendly dogs. They don’t harm nobody,” she said.
“She was stabbed several times with what we believe was a 4-inch blade,” Mr. Giacoppo said. “She is just a small thing, which is why it’s so amazing she was stabbed seven times and all seven stab wounds are not immediately life-threatening.”
According to the American Shih Tzu Club, dogs in the breed are an average of nine to 16 pounds and measure about a foot long.
When police arrived at the home, they found Mr. Pegram waiting in the front yard. The injured dog was sitting on the back porch.
Mr. Pegram was transported to the D.C. Department of Mental Health’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program.
Ms. Pegram said her brother had a restraining order against him and she hoped he will go back on his medication.
“I don’t know if that will happen or not,” she said.
Two-year-old Coco is recovering at a foster home, Mr. Giacoppo said. Whether she will return to her original home depends on a number of variables, such as “whether or not we feel it’s a safe environment for the animal to go back into.”
Mr. Giacoppo said owners often realize that better options exist for their pet and allow them to find new homes.View Entire Story
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