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Puppy stabbed in domestic violence fight

January 22, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
An 8-month-old puppy is recovering after being stabbed repeatedly during a domestic violence argument. The veterinarian who is donating thousands of dollars in medical care says the female puppy is "super lucky" and still has a sweet disposition, despite her ordeal. The 8-month-old pit bull named "Azure" acts like nothing ever happened.

"She came in with multiple stab wounds," said Dr. Matthew Wheaton, Alicia Pet Care Center. "She's been stabbed once between the eyes."

The puppy is fortunate to be alive after being stabbed several times with a sword.

"She's got three or four stab wounds on her abdomen," said Dr. Wheaton.

Authorities allege Azure was attacked by one of his owners, Justin Carrafield. The 26-year-old man is also accused of injuring the dog's other owner, Carrafield's girlfriend, at their apartment in Mission Viejo.

"The suspect did strike his girlfriend several times and did choke her," said Jim Amormino, Orange County Sheriff's Dept.

Azure escaped, and so did Carrafield's girlfriend.

Chris Gleason saw the puppy right after the attack. "She came up to us and she was all bloody and saw a hole in her head," said Gleason. "We were like, 'Oh my gosh.' We didn't know what to do. We saw the girl running around and we said, 'Is this your dog?' And she started crying and the dog ran away."

When deputies arrived they found Azure running around in a parking lot area covered in blood.

Carrafield is now facing numerous charges, including battery, animal cruelty, and cultivating marijuana, which authorities allegedly found in his apartment closet.

"It's unbelievable someone would do this to a cute, cute puppy," said Dr. Wheaton.

Dr. Wheaton say Azure's medical care will add up to $4,000. The female victim cannot afford to pay, so Dr. Wheaton's clinic is picking up the cost. The clinic could use help from the public as well. The Alicia Pet Care Center can be reached at (949) 768-1313.

Dr. Wheaton hopes this puppy will have a safe, happy future.


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