A 56-year-old man has been charged after Halifax Regional Police say a dog owner stabbed another dog multiple times then threatened a couple on a walking trail in Dartmouth over the weekend.

Const. Brian Palmeter said Monday a man and his wife were walking their St. Bernard with a leash through a trail from Princess Margaret Boulevard towards Windmill Road in Dartmouth at 3:10 p.m. Saturday

Police then say another dog — a yellow Labrador retriever that was off leash — approached the St. Bernard and jumped on him. Police say the male owner of the St. Bernard tried to control the yellow lab to prevent it from hurting his dog.


That’s when police say the male owner of the yellow Lab appeared holding a knife and stabbed the St. Bernard “multiple times”: Police also say the suspect threatened the couple.

“The couple didn’t see him initially when they first saw the dog,” Palmeter said. “He showed up with a knife in his hand and proceeded to stab the dog multiple times.”

The couple called police, who located the suspect walking his dog about 10 minutes later. The man was arrested and has been charged with cruelty to animals, possession of a weapon and uttering threats. He will appear in Dartmouth provincial court at a later date.

Palmeter said the stabbed dog received veterinary care and is believed to have received non-life threatening injuries. Officers gave the yellow Lab back to its owner following his release from custody.

“It sounds like it all happened pretty quickly,” Palmeter said. “We’ve done our bit and now it’s being followed up by animal control.”

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