A Michigan City man is facing a possible charge of animal cruelty after he
stabbed a dog which had bitten his son in the face, the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said.
According to police, at 8 p.m. an officer was dispatched to a residence in
the 700 block of Capitol Road in South Haven, after the dog’s owner reported
from Porter Regional Hospital that his stepson was en route to kill the dog,
which earlier in the evening had bitten his stepson’s boy.
On his arrival, the officer observed the Michigan City man holding his
forearm across the shepherd/chow mix’s throat. The dog was bleeding from a
stab wound in the side. The officer ordered the man to release the dog,
which prompted the man to say that “One way or another this dog is going to
die,” police said. The officer then drew his Taser and at that point the man
did release the dog, which was subsequently released to the custody of
Animal Control for medical treatment, police said.
The Michigan City man admitted stabbing the dog.
The dog’s owner, for his part, advised police that around 7:20 p.m. his
stepson’s boy had approached the dog as it was eating a bone and the dog bit
him in the face. The dog’s owner and his wife—the Michigan City man’s
mother—took the boy to Porter Regional Hospital for treatment, where he
phoned his stepson to inform him of the incident. The Michigan City man went
to the hospital, “became enraged,” and left the hospital after telling his
step-father that he was going to kill the dog.
The PCSP has asked the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to charge the Michigan
City man with cruelty to an animal.