Syracuse man who stabbed dog in neck lied about the pup attacking him

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In Syracuse, New York, an unprovoked stabbing of a dog, led to the arrest of Thomas Hemmingway who now faces aggravated animal cruelty charges. Officers from the Syracuse Police Department, responded to a call on South Geddes Street on July 26 referencing an injured dog.

Officers located the black and white female pit bull type breed that had been stabbed in the neck. Officers picked her up and placed her in the back of their patrol vehicle and transported her to Veterinary Medical Center for immediate help. The dog ultimately died as a result of her injuries.

Additional officers remained at the scene to speak with witnesses and to find the dog’s owner. A man approached the officers and identified himself as Thomas Hemmingway, 31, and told officers he stabbed the dog in self defense, claiming the dog had bitten him on his right leg. He then pulled up his pant leg to show where the dog had “bit” him, and there were no injuries.

An investigation by the Animal Cruelty Division revealed through video evidence the dog had not attacked Hemmingway.

Hemmingway walked west down Delaware Street towards the location where an unidentified male had the dog on a leash. 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.

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It was determined by the Animal Cruelty Division that Hemmingway did not stab the dog in self defense, and he was subsequently arrested for Aggravated Animal Cruelty, an unclassified felony, and remanded to the Onondaga County Justice Center.

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