‘Sweet’ dog gets 1,000 stitches after brutal attack
LOS ANGELES – A pit bull stabbed multiple times during a brutal attack, possibly at the hands of a neighbor in Los Angeles, underwent surgery and was recovering Sunday, according to a veterinarian.
The 2-year-old dog was reportedly stabbed near 10th and West Florence avenues near Hyde Park in South L.A. around 4 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department officials told KTLA.
“Spartacus” was taken to the Pet Care Veterinary Center and received over 1,000 stitches during a two-hour surgery, according to center’s office manager Alex Kyrklund.
“It almost looks like they tried to cut his head off, it’s ear-to-ear,” said Kyrklund. “He seriously almost looks like an autopsy victim.”
According to Kyrklund, police also said the dog was hit over the head with a shovel.
Spartacus did not sustain internal injuries or broken bones during the attack, and continued to be, “the sweetest dog in the world,” Kyrklund said.
“This is a breed that terrifies people, but this breed, this particular dog, sat there and did not attack this person. It’s not the breed to be afraid of, it’s the people,” she said. “He came up bleeding and torn up, but he never did anything but wag his tail once he realized he was safe.”
The LAPD’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was investigating the incident, but was not available for comment Sunday. Kyrklund said the unidentified attacker was believed to be a neighbor of Spartacus’s owners.
The nonprofit organization Ghetto Rescue Ffoundation recovered Spartacus after initial reports of the attack were made.