A MAN has been accused of stabbing his service dog more than 100 times before dumping the pet’s bloodied body in a bin.
Jacob Bushkin cared for the golden retriever named Cub since it was a puppy.
Cub, a golden retriever, was a specially trained support dog[/caption]
The dog had been specially trained to help treat symptoms associated with his bipolar disorder, according to DailyMail.com.
But Bushkin, 29, called relatives on Monday to tell them the four-year-old dog had died at his home in Scottsdale near Phoenix, Arizona, police say.
Family members found the animal’s mutilated body in a bin and took it to a vet, according to detectives.
The vet then called police and the Arizona Humane Society – who transported the body to Midwestern University in Glendale.
There, experts carried out a necropsy – an autopsy for animals – and found the savaged pet had been stabbed more than 100 times.
Police say they contacted Bushkin by phone but he refused to talk to them.
Officers acquired a search warrant and found evidence that the dog had been brutally murdered at his home, a police statement said.
Bushkin was arrested on Thursday on charges of killing a service animal and animal cruelty.
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He has been jailed pending a court appearance.
Several pictures on Bushkin’s Facebook page show the adorable dog from when he was a puppy.
A “service dog” is any type of assistance dog trained to help people with physical disabilities or behavioural and emotional disorders.
Bushkin with Cub as a puppy. The dog was stabbed to death and its body dumped in a bin[/caption]
Cub was four years old when he was stabbed to death[/caption]
The golden retriever was trained to help deal with the symptoms of bipolar disorder[/caption]
Bushkin has been jailed pending a court appearance[/caption]
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