A Texas man confessed to stabbing his 14-week-old puppy Taz and leaving her to die in a dumpster.
Fortunately for the puppy, a nearby animal lover and neighbour called the police after she saw Larry Dollins Jr., 42, ‘maliciously’ stabbing Taz.
Now, the dog is recovering from surgery and is at a shelter waiting to be adopted by a loving family.
Busted: Police officers arrest Larry Dobbins Jr., third from left, at Dobbins' home in Abilene, Texas
Brave: Taz, a 14-week old female puppy, recovers at Key City Veterinary Clinic after surviving the weekend stabbing
Dollins’ neighbour Cheryl Ascol told KTXS that she saw him stabbing his puppy on Sunday.
‘I screamed at him and told him to please stop stabbing the dog,’ Ms Ascol told the Reporter News. ‘But he kept on walking toward me with the dog.’
That’s when she ran inside and called the Abilene police.
When the authorities arrived, they found the dog in a city trash bin with multiple stab wounds.
They carried the bleeding dog over to Ms Ascol’s porch and asked her to fetch a towel in which to wrap her.
Taz was taken to the Key City Veterinary Clinic, where she underwent surgery for her wounds. She is expected to survive, but continues to be monitored by experts.
Road to recovery: Taz was treated at a local veterinary hospital and is waiting to be adopted by a new family
Dr Natalie Matthews, who is treating the puppy, told the Reporter News that the dog has a ‘really loving attitude.
‘She’s an innocent animal and has a very positive outlook on life despite what she’s been through. She’s a really remarkable animal.’
Dollins was arrested Monday after confessing his crime to police. He is being held at the Taylor County Jail on $25,000 bail and faces felony charges of animal cruelty.
Local psychotherapist Dr Marc Orner said that Dollins may have taken his aggression out on a helpless animal because it made him feel more powerful.
‘That’s not anger, that’s rage,’ Dr Orner told KTXS, saying that there could be an external factor making Dollins so violent.
Weekend violence: Taz was stabbed at her owner Larry Dollins' Abilene, Texas home
Another neighbour and friend told the station that he noticed a recent change in Dollins’ behaviour.
‘I actually saw a change in this guy,’ Robert Thompson said, adding that he thinks a drug addiction might be to blame for his changes.
Dr Matthews expects Taz to find a new home by Wednesday.
Do you know an animal that is being abused? Contact the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) at aspca.org to find your local branch.