Police charged a 47-year-old man with animal cruelty Sunday after neighbors reported he used a sword to repeatedly stab his Husky dog.
Douglas Joseph Hagler of 517 South Harrison Ave., Cary, was arrested at 1 p.m. and released later that afternoon after posting a $5,000 bond, according to a Wake County jail spokesman.
The dog, named Koda, “died lashed to the tree where he was repeatedly stabbed,” town spokeswoman Susan Moran said Monday. “There was nothing we could do. The suspect claims the husky pup was 13 months old and had been his since October.”
In the days leading up to Hagler’s arrest, his roommate, Ashley Collins, said Koda attacked her twice – May 7 around 4 p.m. and May 9 at 7 p.m. Collins said she did not know about Hagler stabbing the dog with a sword because she was at the hospital, being treated for dog bite wounds.
The stabbing was reported Saturday evening, just before 8 p.m., when neighbors near the Hillcrest Cemetery at the end of Page Road heard an animal screaming and gagging.
“I want to report an animal abuse,” a 911 caller told an emergency dispatcher on a recording made public Monday by the Cary Police Department. “I’ve got an animal screaming here. A dog, I believe.”
The 911 caller continued walking toward the screams that are clearly heard on the audio recording. The caller said he saw a man with a shaved head wielding a sword and stabbing a dog.
“What are you doing to that dog?” the man shouted. “Excuse me, what are you doing?
“He just stabbed the Husky with a sword,” he said, turning his attention back to the dispatcher.
The 911 caller told the dispatcher that the man took off running toward Shirley Street, behind the cemetery.
The caller, whose name was not made public, said others in the neighborhood came outside after hearing the animal’s screams. He said the man appeared to be in his 40s and was carrying a 30- to 36-inch long sword with a white, studded handle.
“He kept saying, ‘That dog’s a killer.’ He kept saying that,” the caller said.
Collins, 32, said the first time she was attacked by the dog, she was home alone with Koda when he bit her on the leg, right arm and left hand. She said she was standing next Koda May 9, the day her roommate was arrested, when he “latched onto the left side of my face.
“He bit me twice,” she said. “I had to get 16 stitches.”
Collins, who moved into the Harrison Avenue home on April 25, said Hagler acquired Koda in October.
“I’m not sure where he got that dog from,” she said. “When I moved in, the dog was fine.”