NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police are searching for the man who stabbed a dog in Fort Greene Park.
It happened around 9 a.m. Saturday morning, during off-leash hours at the park.READ MORE: 'Today, I Can Rejoice': New Yorkers Hit The Streets After Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty In George Floyd's Death
The owner claims his dog Bandit was running when another dog named Rex arrived at the field. According to Bandit’s owner, the two dogs had met twice before and didn’t get along and had previously barked at each other.
In a statement, Bandit’s owner said this:READ MORE: Activists Celebrate Conviction Of Derek Chauvin In George Floyd's Death, But Say Fight Is Not Over: 'Tomorrow, We Still Have To Dismantle Systemic Oppression'
Immediately upon seeing Rex and his owners in the field, I made eye contact with the male owner and indicated I would get Bandit. Before I could get to Bandit, the man bent down and “punched” Bandit in his left side as he passed by. I grabbed his arm and realized he was holding a folding knife. I immediately let him go and went to Bandit who was staggering. The man yelled “I’m going to f******* kill your dog.” I yelled back “I’m going to call the police,” and then I saw Bandit was gushing blood. Bandit and Rex never made physical contact.
Bandit’s owner claims Rex’s owners simply walked away after the incident, adding that other dog owners took their pictures and called 911.
Police recovered a small pocket knife at the scene.MORE NEWS: Police: Gabriel Dewitt Wilson In Custody After Deadly Shooting At West Hempstead Stop & Shop
The NYPD’s animal cruelty division is investigating.