Man Who Stabbed Pit Bull To Death During Dogfight Arrested
GAINESVILLE - A North Central Florida man is behind bars today after stabbing a dog to death and leaving the scene. Both pit bulls got into a fight and this was the way one of the owners broke the two apart.
Near 20th Avenue and 42nd Way at the Kangaroo gas station you can still see spots of blood. "She was just a puppy. She was a good house dog all that. She would protect the house and that. She was not aggressive to no dog," said Brandon Smith.
Daniel Brummett is being charged with animal cruelty after stabbing Brandon Smith's pit bull, TT. According to police reports, the dogs walked past each other and this is when Brummett's dog went after TT and the two started fighting. Smith tried to pull the two dogs apart and failed. Before you know it Brummett pulled out his pocket knife and started to swing at him.
"One of the owners who we later identified as Daniel Brummett, his way of breaking the dogs up was to introduce a knife and started stabbing the other dog repeatedly. The dog actually did succumb to his injuries, it was injured so much that it had to be euthanized by an animal clinic," Ben Tobias with the Gainesville Police Department said.
Brummett told police he was trying to defend his dog and denied coming after smith with his knife. One resident who knows Brummett agrees. "I knew Daniel, he was a good dude. He was always good to me, always respectful. Never caused any problems. His dog was always really nice," Victor George said.
Smith on the other hand says he's been threatened by Brummett in the past and that this isn't the first time their dogs get into a fight. "It makes me feel bad. I still think about it now. It's still upsetting me now as I am talking about it, I am just thinking about it now. It's sad, she was just a puppy."
Hilary Hynes with the Alachua County Animal Services says there are ways to avoid these types of incidents without doing something extreme. "Some people walk with a spray so if they were to have another dog come and approach them and attack them, they could spray. What that's going to do, that is going to afford you a few minutes to get away," Hynes said.
Smith plans to adopt a new dog from animal services in order to help cope with his loss.
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