A police K9 in Des Moines, Iowa, bit a man suspected of fatally stabbing his girlfriend’s young puppy. As reported by WGNO News, the Des Moines police officer spotted 31-year-old Viljar Rosales inside of a vehicle last Monday – the man ran and the police dog was deployed. Ultimately, Rosales was apprehended and taken to the Polk County Jail on animal cruelty charges after being treated at an area hospital for a dog bite wound.
Rosales is accused of repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend’s 6-to-8-week-old puppy last Sunday. The grievously injured puppy was rushed to an emergency veterinarian for care, but the stab wounds proved to be fatal. Rosales managed to run before police arrived to the scene on the day of the incident, but he was apprehended the next day thanks to the police K9’s assistance.
Tom Colvin, CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa, commented on the animal cruelty incident:
“This was clearly a devastating example of the fact that the link between human and animal violence is real. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa wants people to realize that our animal cruelty laws, when properly applied, help the public as well as defenseless pets. We are grateful to the DMPD for their quick response and our team will continue to partner on tending to these sometimes dire and dangerous situations.”
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