A Spartanburg man is facing animal cruelty charges after deputies say he stabbed a dog known as “Thirteen” with a kitchen knife. The dog later died from its injuries.
Spartanburg County deputies say they got a call to a home on Newman Road in Spartanburg where witnesses told them 26-year-old Daquon Justin Connor had stabbed a pitbull.
Deputies say when they arrived, they saw a kitchen knife with blood on it sitting next to Connor.
When they confronted Connor about it, deputies say he denied it, became belligerent and that he appeared to be drunk and couldn’t carry on a conversation.
According to the incident report, one witness told deputies that Connor was antagonizing the dog, hitting him with a shovel and at one point, throwing paint on or at the dog. Deputies say a neighbor told them she saw Connor hold the dog down with his knee and stab the dog.
Witnesses say the dog was chained up in the front yard like it normally is and wasn’t bothering anyone.
According to the report, Connor told deputies the dog was attacking some kids and that it often attacks people.
The dog was taken to the emergency vet where it died from its injuries.
Connor now faces charges of public drunkeness and ill treatment of animals.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control are investigating.