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DMPD: Man accused of stabbing dog to death captured with help of K-9 unit

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The Des Moines Police Department on Tuesday said a Des Moines man faces charges after they said he stabbed a dog to death.

Police said the incident happened Sunday afternoon. Officers were called to a residence in the 2300 block of Amherst Street about a dispute with a weapon.

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“Officers learned that prior to the call, the complainant had heard one of her pet dogs yelping loudly. When she investigated this, she witnessed her boyfriend stabbing the dog. The complainant ran and secured herself in a locked bedroom and called police. The boyfriend fled the home prior to police arriving,” police said in a news release.

According to police, the dog, described as a 6-to-8-week-old mixed breed was transported to a local veterinary emergency hospital. It later died of its injuries.

Police said an investigation led them to 31-year-old Viljar Eduardo Rosales. Officers were unable to locate him until Monday when they spotted him in a vehicle in the 1500 block of Second Avenue. According to police, Rosales ran after being contacted by officers. According to police, a K-9 patrol dog was deployed, and Rosales was quickly captured.

Police noted that Rosales was treated for a bite injury and transported to the Polk County Jail. He is charged with animal abuse and interference with official acts.

“This was clearly a devastating example of the fact that the link between human and animal violence is real. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa wants people to realize that our animal cruelty laws, when properly applied, help the public as well as defenseless pets. We are grateful to the DMPD for their quick response and our team will continue to partner on tending to these sometimes dire and dangerous situations,” said Tom Colvin, CEO of the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Rosales is being held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of a $2,000 cash bond.


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