Man charged over dog's stabbing death


Man charged over dog's stabbing death
  1. Man charged over dog's stabbing death
    abc.net.au
    A 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka is alleged to have stabbed a four-year-old golden labrador in Perth's northern…
    Western Australia
By Graeme Powell

Police investigating the stabbing death of a dog at a park in Perth's northern suburbs have arrested a man and charged him with animal cruelty.

The 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka is alleged to have stabbed a four-year-old golden labrador at the Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve on Wednesday night.

He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 15 to face a charge of animal cruelty.

The dog's 22-year-old owner, who asked not to be identified, said she was exercising her two dogs, Luna and Choco, at the reserve when she noticed a man kneeling over Luna.

"Within a split second Luna was on the floor, I thought she was just submitting, wanting to play," the woman said.

"The man's bent down, I didn't hear any snarls, growl, yelps or barks, I thought everything was fine."

She jogged up to the man to make sure her dog was not bothering his small, tan-coloured dog.

She said he put his hood on and mumbled something incoherent before he walked away, broke into a run and jumped a fence.

Luna the golden labrador looks into the camera. The dog was stabbed to death in a Perth park. Photo: Luna's owner went running with her two dogs at Appleblossom Polyantha Reserve. (ABC News: Pamela Medlen)

"I got closer, I realised she was on the floor, blood all over her, I just dropped and start screaming and screaming," she said.

"I picked her up and lay her on top of me and felt her…