A 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka, Australia has been charged with stabbing and killing a four-year-old Golden Labrador retriever at the Perth park of Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve on Wednesday evening. According to ABCNews, the dog’s owner, Bridgette, 22, had been exercising her two dogs, Luna and Choco, off leash when she noticed a man leaning over Luna.
“Within a split second Luna was on the floor. I thought she was just submitting, wanting to play,” Bridgette stated. “The man bent down. I didn’t hear any snarls, growl, yelps or barks. I thought everything was fine.”
One moment later, however the awful truth became a painful reality. Bridgette ran up to the man to make sure the small dog he had been walking was not being annoyed by Luna, but as she approached, the man put his hood up and mumbled something Bridgette said she could not understand. The man walked away before jumping the fence and then broke into a run to escape.
“I got closer. I realized she was on the floor, blood all over her. I just dropped and started screaming and screaming… I picked her up and lay her on top of me and felt her heart and I couldn’t feel her breathing; she was gone within seconds,” she cried. ‘Luna was my baby… she was my first dog.”
By the time Bridgette could rush her dog to an emergency veterinarian, Luna had died. The alleged attacker has been charged with animal cruelty and has been released on bond. He is scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court in June. If found guilty of animal cruelty, he could face five years in prison. The suspect’s name has not been released by authorities at this time.
Rest in peace Luna. (Photo of Luna stabbed at a Perth park via WAPolice)
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