Man stabs dog in West Boca Raton, will not face criminal charges

Says he acted in self defense
Posted at 9:58 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 21:58:49-05

Was it self defense, or crossing a line? A West Boca Raton woman claimed a man stabbed her dog, but deputies haven’t charged him with a crime.

Blu is an American bulldog who found a forever home in West Boca Raton.

“We just clicked,” said her owner Giovanna, who didn't want us to use her last name.

She said the 5-year-old dog is lucky to be alive after a neighbor stabbed her in the hind leg two Sundays ago.

“She just collapsed in my arms,” Giovanna remembered. “I was on the floor with my dog and she was bleeding. There was so much blood.”

“I don't think she would have survived if they hadn't gotten her here and we got on it immediately,” said Dr. Brian Butzer at Clint Moore Animal Hospital.

Giovanna admits Blu broke from her leash that morning and ran toward a couple walking their dog. That man stabbed Blu after she collided with his dog.

In reports with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office and Animal Care and Control, the man told investigators Blu was aggressive and he acted in self-defense.

“She can get a little too much when she's playing with other dogs,” Giovanna said. But she believes Blu never meant any harm.

Investigators closed their cases ruling what the man did was justifiable. The decision left Giovanna without closure.

“The police officer said it would be documented, that was it. I didn't like that word, it didn't sit right with me,” said Giovanna.

There is a happy ending. Vets expect Blu to bounce back after getting 16 staples.