Police investigating the stabbing death of a dog at a park in Perth’s northern suburbs have arrested a man and charged him with animal cruelty.
The 37-year-old man from Mirrabooka is alleged to have stabbed a four-year-old golden labrador at the Apple Blossom Polyantha Reserve on Wednesday night.
He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 15 to face a charge of animal cruelty.
The dog’s 22-year-old owner, who asked not to be identified, said she was exercising her two dogs, Luna and Choco, at the reserve when she noticed a man kneeling over Luna.
“Within a split second Luna was on the floor, I thought she was just submitting, wanting to play,” the woman said.
“The man’s bent down, I didn’t hear any snarls, growl, yelps or barks, I thought everything was fine.”
She jogged up to the man to make sure her dog was not bothering his small, tan-coloured dog.
She said he put his hood on and mumbled something incoherent before he walked away, broke into a run and jumped a fence.
Luna’s owner went running with her two dogs at Appleblossom Polyantha Reserve. (ABC News: Pamela Medlen)
“I got closer, I realised she was on the floor, blood all over her, I just dropped and start screaming and screaming,” she said.
“I picked her up and lay her on top of me and felt her heart and I couldn’t feel her breathing, she was gone within seconds.”
The woman rushed Luna to a nearby vet but she could not be saved.
She said her dog was gentle and good with other animals.
“She’s our little baby, she sleeps on the bed with me … she was just beautiful,” she said.
The offence of animal cruelty carries a maximum term of five years in jail.