Man stabs bulldog when it attacks his dog

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Anchorage Animal Control is investigating an incident involving a man who repeatedly stabbed an American bulldog to stop it from attacking his dog.

Patrick Gauthier said he used his pocketknife on the animal to protect Noah, his Newfoundland. He wants the bulldog's owner to pay for Noah's vet bills.

Tammy, sister-in-law of the bulldog's owner, said Tuesday that Gauthier went overboard.

''He stabbed the dog 10 times,'' said Tammy, who would not give her last name. ''One stab would have been good enough.''

An Animal Control officer is looking into the matter, said agency spokeswoman Erin Myers. She said the officer has taken statements from Gauthier, Tammy and a neighbor who saw the Friday evening attack at an East Anchorage mobile home park.

According to the statements, Gauthier was at the park mailboxes with Noah when the bulldog, Dice, approached and bit into the Newfoundland's ear. Gauthier stabbed Dice 11 or 12 times before it let go.

Gauthier said he stabbed the bulldog only as a last resort, after warning Tammy he was going to use his knife.

''There was blood all over,'' he told the Anchorage Daily News. ''The neighbors came out and they were all in tears.''

At one point, Tammy got her hands between the dogs and one of them bit her.

Both dogs were treated at an emergency veterinary clinic. Both had current rabies vaccinations, Myers said, but must be quarantined for 10 days as a precaution.

If Animal Control decides the bulldog was at fault, it will have a microchip implanted under the skin between its shoulder blades, marking it with a level one or two classification.

Level one indicates a dog has acted aggressively, and level two is for a dog that has harmed another animal, said Steve Duwa, enforcement supervisor. Level five dogs, those that seriously injure or kill a person, are euthanized. So are dogs that repeatedly injure people or other animals.

Gauthier said he wants the bulldog's owner to cover an estimated $500 in vet bills. Tammy said that, if anything, Gauthier should pay the $2,400 in vet bills for Dice.

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