Palmerton, PA (Meredith/WNEP) -- A one-year-old dog is recovering after police say a man stabbed it multiple times, claiming that voices in his head told him to do it.
Officials have charged Trevor Strohl of Palmerton, Pennsylvania, with aggravated cruelty to animals after he allegedly stabbed Rosie, a one-year-old pit bull, at least three times while he was living with the dog's owner, Jeffrey Smith.
"It's hard to look at. It's cut open, and you can see the skin yet," Smith said. "It's a sad thing. It's my animal and I love my dog."
After the alleged stabbing, Strohl fled but was caught in an alley near the home, Fox56 said. Investigators believe he was using heroin at the time.
"He is a sick guy. He just needs to get help, and he needs to pay for what he did," said Stacy Fritz, a friend of Smith's. "She's such a good dog, and I just hope she didn't lose her spirit in people. They say pit bulls are vicious and attack people, and here she got attacked."
Palmerton police posted to Facebook that when they delivered Rosie to the emergency vet, she was in critical condition and was facing extreme blood loss and infection.
In the late evening hours of February 2nd, Palmerton Police were dispatched to a residence for a report of a dog that had been stabbed by a male, who had fled the scene on foot. Patrolmen Kromer, Leadbetter and Shimer responded.
Upon arrival the Officers found that the resident's one year old pit mix, Rosie, had been stabbed in the back of the neck and was bleeding profusely from the wound.
Ptlm. Leadbetter rushed Rosie to Valley Central Animal Hospital in Whitehall for emergency treatment. At the same time Ptlm. Kromer and Ptlm. Shimer searched the area for the suspect, found him in an alley a block away and took him into custody.
The suspect was charged with multiple counts including Felony Cruelty to Animals, and he remains in Carbon County Prison in lieu of bail.
Officers were advised by the Vet that Rosie was in critical condition when she arrived, and was just a few minutes from death due to blood loss. Fortunately the staff at Valley Central were able to stabilize Rosie and close the roughly 5" wound, and we are happy to report that she has been discharged and is back home with her owner.
Despite her ordeal, Rosie has not lost faith in humans and she remains friendly and affectionate.
While Rosie continues to heal, Fritz wants justice for her. "You just don't go around, sick or not, just stabbing other people's dogs," Fritz said.
Strohl is scheduled to be in court later this week.
If you are interested in helping Rosie and her medical bills, you can donate to the Valley Central Emergency Veterinary Hospital.
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