A man who authorities say stabbed a dog in the head after she went into heat has been arrested and faces a charge of animal cruelty, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday in a news release.
Matthew Shane Clements, 30, was holding an alcoholic beverage and appeared to be intoxicated when sheriff’s deputies arrived at his residence in the 100 block of Brook Drive at about 9 p.m. Monday, the sheriff’s office said.
The dog, a female brindle pit bull named Zina, was bleeding in the bathtub, the office said. Clements told deputies he “got mad because she is in heat.”
He said that he’d hit the dog on the head because she snapped at him, then went to the home of a neighbor and asked them to “call the cops because he had just put a knife through his dog’s head” and “tried to kill her.”
He later added, “That’s not right,” the sheriff’s office said.
Deputies said the dog was whining and rubbing her head on the ground. They took her to an emergency veterinarian to treat a stab wound above her right eye, deputies said.
The vet told the sheriff’s office that the dog may not make a full recovery because the tip of the knife is lodged in her skull and it would require a life-threatening surgical procedure to remove it.
The dog is now in the custody of Parker County and remains under veterinary care, the sheriff’s office said. Clements is in the Parker County Jail and no bond has been set.
“She currently has a foster home,” sheriff’s office spokeswoman Danie Huffman said of Zina on Wednesday afternoon.