Man charged after dog brutally stabbed to death

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Marie-Pierre Beaubien, Reuters

, Last Updated: 3:39 PM ET

EDMUNSTON, N.B. — A 20-year-old man has been charged after a dog was found brutally stabbed to death in a wooded area in northwestern New Brunswick.

Teens found the corpse while walking through the woods early this week.

One of the teens, Yanick Beaulieu, said the dog was soaked with blood.

"He had a rope around his neck, tied to a tree, and he had been stabbed in the back," Beaulieu, 16, told QMI Agency.

RCMP Const. Kevin Mazerolle said the dog was about 14 months old and weighed about 30 lbs.

"The animal really suffered," the officer said. "There were a lot of paw prints around the trees. He had been there awhile."

On Tuesday, the Mounties and the New Brunswick SPCA launched an investigation that included using social media to appeal for tips.

Police arrested the suspect within hours.

He'll appear in court in August to face animal cruelty charges.


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