A puppy named “Taz” is recovering in Abilene, Texas after being stabbed 11 times and left in a dumpster to die.
Cheryl Ascol told police that she saw 42-year-old Larry Dollins try to murder the 14-week-old puppy.
“I said, ‘Larry, please stop stabbing that dog,’” she recalled to KTXS. “I thought the dog was dead because by that time he was just hanging there.”
“The police brought the dog to my porch, asked me for a towel,” Ascol said. “And I saw the dog wag its tail.”
Dollins later confessed to authorities and was charged with one count of animal cruelty. He faces up to two years in jail if convicted.
Key City Veterinary Clinic Dr. Natalie Matthews, who is helping the dog recover, told Abilene Reporter News that Taz showed a “really loving attitude.”
“She’s such a loving dog. She wags her tail and wants to be loved on,” Matthews explained. “She’s an innocent animal and has a very positive outlook on life despite what she’s been through in the last 24 hours. She’s a really remarkable animal.”
The Abilene Animal Shelter is accepting applications to adopt the dog.
Watch this video from KTXS, broadcast Jan. 24, 2012.
(H/T: Daily Mail)