A man who allegedly stabbed a dog to death is said to have lied to police about being bitten by the animal.
Police say they were called to South Geddes Street in New York at around 8.25pm on July 26. On arrival they discovered a black and white pitbul-type dog that had reportedly been stabbed in the neck.
After securing the dog in the back of a police car, officers rushed her to Veterinary Medical Center of CNY for medical attention. The dog died a short while later.
A Sycaruse Police Department spokesman said: “While officers were on scene, a male approached them and identified himself as Thomas Hemmingway and reported he had to stab the dog in self defense.
“Hemmingway claimed the dog bit him on his right leg, so he had stabbed the dog once and ran off. Hemmingway pulled up his pant leg to show where the dog ‘bit’ him, but there were no injuries.”
Investigators say ‘video evidence’ from the area suggests that Hemmingway had not been attacked by the dog at all. They claim he was walking down the street towards an undisclosed location when he encountered a man with a dog.
Police continued: “Hemmingway had what appeared to be a large butcher knife in his right hand as he approached the dog. He attempted to grab the dog by the neck or collar, when the dog reacted.
“Hemmingway then stabbed the dog once in the neck. The dog was released by the unknown male who had it on a leash and it got away from Hemmingway.
“Hemmingway proceeded to antagonize the dog by stepping towards it and raising the knife above his head and yell. Hemmingway then calmly walks away from the dog. After being stabbed, the dog wandered into a corner store until police arrive.”
Police say Hemmingway was arrested for aggravated animal cruelty, an unclassified felony. He is being held in the Onondaga County Justice Center.