Police, Owner Searching For Man Who Stabbed Dog At Colorado Off-Leash Park

| by Jared Keever

A Colorado man is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person who stabbed his dog on Jan. 16 at an off-leash dog park in the city of Lakewood.

KMGH News reports Gary Hirsch’s dog, Tyni, was stabbed by someone while a group of people were trying to separate Tyni from another dog after a small dogfight had broken out in Forsberg Dog Park.

Detective Ryan McCone with the Lakewood Police Department is working on tracking down the suspect. 

McCone said the dogfight started when one dog got a tooth caught in another dog’s collar and that dog panicked. Several people were working to separate the animals when a man stabbed Tyni, a small boxer mix.

“(The man) came running up there and laid a kick into (Tyni) into his rear haunches just behind my leg and the guy that was to my left yelled out, ‘he's got a knife,’” Hirsch told KUSA News. “The next thing I hear was like somebody just punched him as hard as they could and it was right next to my leg and at that point, (Tyni) just went totally limp.”

William Lundberg, another man who was working to get the dogs apart, said he was astonished by the amount of blood. 

“All of a sudden, it's just like, let's take care of getting this dog better,” Lundberg said.

“I could see where the knife had gone in along the spine,” Hirsch said, describing the wound. “It looked like he tried to stab him in the stomach.”

A woman called Dr. Tony Henderson, a veterinarian from a nearby clinic, who arrived on the scene with two technicians. They administered first aid and took Tyni back to the clinic for more treatment.

Henderson said the stab wound was about 5 or 6 inches deep but Tyni is expected to recover. 

“Tyni was very, very lucky because it didn't actually go through to his abdomen,” Henderson said. 

Witnesses at the dog park said they never got a good look at the man who stabbed Tyni. They could only describe him as a Caucasian male in his 20s or 30s. 

“The way he did this was just too easy,” Hirsch said. “This guy has a hatred for animals.”

Hirsch’s daughter has created a online fund at YouCaring where people can make donations to help pay for Tyni’s medical bills.

Sources: KMGH NewsKUSA NewsYouCaring / Photo Credit: Nelson Garcia, KUSA News