AUSTIN (KXAN) - (Update: The dog was eventually euthanized by shelteremployees who could not find a home for him. One man called andsaid he wanted to adopt him, as he had been taking care of it, butnever showed up to get him.)
A Travis County judge sentenced an Austin man to six months injail on Monday for stabbinga stray dog earlier this year at
Judge Mike Lynch found Jose Angel Garcia guilty of cruelty toanimal, despite Garcia's claims that he stabbed the dog with aknife in self defense.
On March 6 at 6:24 p.m., police received a 911 call saying a manat Quail Creek Park had stabbed a dog and was chasing people aroundwith a machete. The 911 caller said the "dog was dying." Another911 call came in from a different person who described the suspectfrom the dog stabbing call.
An officer arrived on the scene to find a group of peoplegathered around a man that matched the description the 911 callergave. That man was later identified as Garcia.
The crowd dispersed, revealing an injured dog who seemed to bein a great deal of pain, according to police reports. The officersaid the group insisted that Garcia had stabbed the dog and thatwhen they tried to confront Garcia about the stabbing, he chasedthem away with a machete.
There was a knife on the ground with blood on it. The knife'sbrand matched the brand of the sheath Garcia had on his belt. Twowitnesses said Garcia had dropped the knife as soon as he saw thepolice and that he had dropped the machete in a nearby trashcan.The officer took Garcia into custody.
Witnesses said Garcia and other people were playing soccer atthe park when Garcia noticed a stray dog walk by the game. Thewitnesses said the dog was not provoking Garcia in any way, butthat the dog was known to loiter around the park. Garcia took out aknife and stabbed the dog near its chest, according to reports. Thewitness said Garcia wiped his knife clean and put it back in itssheath.
The dog was taken immediately to an after-hours emergency animalclinic on Frontier Trail. The knife wound went three to four inchesinto the dog's chest cavity, according to the veterinarian. The dogsurvived the stabbing and was last reported in recovery from hisstitches at Town Lake Animal Shelter.
When police searched Garcia, they reportedly found him carryingmarijuana. Those charges were not raised in court Monday.
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