Pet Labrador stabbed 19 times in 'horrendous' garden attack
A man returned home to find his pet Labrador lying in a pool of blood after a vicious attack.
Published 12/12/2015 | 15:18
An investigation has been launched after a Melbourne man’s pet dog was stabbed to death in a “senseless” attack.
Alberto Chavarria returned home to find his black Labrador Wilbur lying in a pool of blood in his garden.
Police say the canine was stabbed “19 times in the head” in Wheeler’s Hill, south-east Melbourne, and are looking for the culprit.
Mr Chavarria told the Herald Sun he knew something was wrong when his pet failed to greet him when he returned home.
“I don’t know who could do this type of attack. It was a very savage attack,” he said.
“So I look through the glass door and saw the barbecue was tipped over and Wilbur was lying on the floor.”
He added: “Everybody who met him really loved him. He was a really, really good dog to have.”
Wilbur, described as a “friendly lab that would lick you to death”, was trained as an airport sniffer dog but was considered “too friendly” for service.
A vet who was unable to revive the Lab found 19 separate lacerations and puncture wounds, believed to have been inflicted with a knife.
Detective Senior Constable Warren Atkinson said investigators didn’t know why Wilbur was attacked.
“There appears to be nothing stolen or signs of forced entry,” he said.
“The owner has told us that Wilbur was a quiet dog who trained as an airport sniffer dog but became a much loved pet when he failed the test.
“Wilbur had never shown any aggression and was presumably safe in his backyard when this attack took place.”
RSPCA investigator Daniel Bode said the attack was “absolutely horrendous”.