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Puppy missing after stabbing

by Andrew Maciejewski - amaciejewski@h-ponline.com

Police are searching for a 13-month-old German shepherd named Delilah after they found “blood all over the Forks of the Wabash” park in Huntington, according to police reports.

Police suspect foul play is involved, after detectives found a trail of blood leading to the edge of the Wabash River.

“The blood trail leading to the river from the direction of (the suspect’s) apartment indicated I would likely not discover (Delilah’s) body,” Huntington Police Department officer Darius Hilman wrote in his report.

On June 27, police arrived at Cedar Run Apartments on a domestic disturbance call to find the suspect’s mother distraught about the missing dog. She said he took the dog while she was sleeping and was worried about its safety since her son has a separate criminal case where police say he stabbed the same dog with a kitchen knife.

When talking to the suspect, police observed fresh blood-stained clothing. The suspect said the blood was from when the dog ran away and cut its neck on the collar.

“The amount of blood indicated the injury on the dog was likely not self-inflicted,” Hilman wrote.

The suspect was arrested June 28 and charged with a Level 6 felony of torturing or mutilating a vertebrate animal and a Level 6 felony charge of cruelty to an animal with a prior unrelated judgment.

He later told police he stabbed the dog two times in the middle of her back with a pocket knife after “Pup’s spirit jumped out of her body and attacked him,” according to the police report.

The suspect reportedly told police he is a medium and that the spirits drive him crazy.

Police say the suspect first stabbed Delilah on March 30 because it jumped on him while he was preparing food.

The suspect was trespassed from his mother’s apartment on June 27, according to police reports.

The suspect is currently in custody of the Huntington County Jail. Bond is set at $7,000.