Miami man arrested after stabbing dog in head

MIAMI (WSVN) - A man has been arrested after subjecting a dog to an alarming attack that left her with terrifying injuries.

The dog’s owner blamed the attack on a man that the community refers to as a nuisance neighbor.

The black and white girl with the happy tail had a terrible experience, with an ugly injury to prove it.

“Not a threat to anybody,” said Carmen Pichardo, the owner of the dog.

The incident happened on the 1400 block of Northwest 51st Terrace in Miami, Tuesday night.

Pichardo said 3-year-old Lola was stabbed in the head in her own front yard.

Pichardo’s 40-year-old neighbor, Marshall Land, is now behind bars. He was arrested around 11 p.m., Wednesday night.

According to the arrest affidavit, Land told officials Lola was trying to jump the fence.

Lola’s owner said that is not what happened.

“He had a book bag, and he just threw it on the other side, and eventually he probably got a pocket knife out his pocket and decided to stab the dog,” said  Pichardo. “I mean, they are lovely animals, and to get hurt like that is unbelievable.”

Turns out, this is not Land’s first run-in with the law.

According to prosecutors, he has a previous arrest for aggravated battery and was sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbery in Georgia.

Lola’s owners said Land has been a nuisance in their neighborhood too.

“We have been having this problem with him for a while already,” said Pichardo. “Hopefully, now it’s going to be taken care of.”

Lola is doing OK and did not even need stitches.

Land now faces charges of animal cruelty.

Land is being held on $7,500 bond, and he has been ordered to stay away from Lola’s home and her owners.

Land told police staying away may be a problem since he lives just a few doors down.


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