4 Dogs Stabbed to Death
Four dogs that belong to a man in Riverside, CA, were fatally stabbed over the weekend, and a search is ongoing for the individual behind the ferocious attack.
Robert Carter said he arrived home on Sunday to discover 4 of his seven dogs stabbed to death.
“This is just devastating,” mentioned Carter. “It’s a crazy thing to come home and find all of your dogs dead — not necessarily all of them, but the majority of them gone.”
Carter mentioned he discovered 2 of his dogs lifeless in the yard. He said two others were seriously injured and had to be put down. His 3-year-old Chihuahua-Pug mix “Saintly” was one of the lucky ones. She is recovering from a stab wound to her stomach and a broken rib.
Police said the attack on the dogs probably took place early Sunday morning. That’s when Carter’s neighbor, Eddie Gonzales, said he noticed a big turmoil outside.
“It was around 1:30 and we heard all the dogs barking. And when we got up to look, there was nobody out here, but all the dogs were barking,” mentioned Gonzales.
The Riverside Police Department is investigating the animal cruelty case. They sent officers out to talk to Carter.
“The officers had asked me if I had any confrontations with anybody in the last few days and I told them yes I had,” said Carter.
Carter said that 3 days prior to the attack, he had a verbal conflict with a man he said was disturbing his dogs. The conflict was captured on surveillance video. According to authorities, the person seen on the video is being called a “person of interest.”
The surveillance cameras on Carter’s property failed to capture the attack. Riverside County Animal Services is helping police with the investigation and confirms all 4 dogs had been stabbed.
“It’s despicable, it’s horrific, and it’s something we shake our heads at. Who can harm an animal?” said John Welsh with Riverside County Animal Services.
Carter said the rest of his dogs are now traumatized.
“They are really distraught at this point. I just got them to come out this morning. Other than that, they want to stay in the house,” explained Carter.
Anyone with info was asked to call Riverside police at (951) 354-2007.