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Dog stabbed protecting home from would-be intruders (Update)

The injured German Shepherd

Arrest warrants were issued on Saturday for two men suspected of stabbing a dog, whose owner had differences with one of the suspects, police said.
The dog, a three-year-old German Shepherd was stabbed in the neck, early Saturday at Eptagonia in Limassol while trying to protect his owner from one of the men who tried to enter the yard holding a knife.
The dog’s owner who wished to provide only his first name, Constantinos said he heard his pet barking at around 6am. When he went outside he saw two men he knew, standing outside the gate, each holding a jerry can of what he believed to contain petrol. One of the men – the person with whom he had the dispute – was drunk and holding a knife, he said.
“He was trying to get onto my property and my dog, who was at the gate, was barking and jumping at him to prevent him from entering. He got angry and stabbed the dog,” Constantinos said.
“I rushed him to the vet. He lost a lot of blood. The vet said we were lucky that the blade missed the carotid artery, either wise he would have died,” he added.
The dog is now out of danger and after having his wound stitched he was taken home.
Constantinos said the two perpetrators had asked others to mediate so that he would not report the incident.
“Just because we had a dispute, is that a reason to stab my dog?” Constantinos said.
The head of the Animal Party Kyriacos Kyriacou, who went to the police station, the vet and to visit the dog at his owner’s house, said that his party would remain on top of the case.



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