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Baltimore dog attacked with machete

A dog attacked yesterday by a neighbor wielding a machete is scheduled to undergo surgery tomorrow.

On Tuesday evening, a man walked into his neighbor’s yard and attacked the dog in the face and head with the machete, inflicting injuries that went all the way down to the bone, authorities said.

The dog, named Okashia, lives on the 3000 block of Wylie Avenue in northwest Baltimore.

While she lost a lot of blood, the dog is expected to recover, though vets were worried she might lose an eye.

Okashia, a shepherd-pit mix, was taken to the Emergency Veterinary Center in Catonsville, where she was sedated and given intravenous fluids. She was returned to Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter (BARCS), where she was expected to be evaluated by a surgeon this morning.

As a result of Okashia’s treatment, and other recent emergency cases, BARCS’ Franky Fund — reserved for the most serious cases of sick and injured animals — is seriously depleted, according to officials at the shelter.

Contributions may be made here.

Caroline A. Griffin, head of Baltimore’s Anti-Animal Cruelty Task Force, said that in addition to injuries to her head, the dog has been found to have bruising to her lungs. Because of that, the decision was made to postpone surgery for her facial injuries until tomorrow.

According to police, Levar J. Bailey, who lives several doors down from the dog’s owner, attacked the dog in her own yard. When police arrested Bailey, 33,  he was yelling, “The dog was trying to bite my daughter,” according to charging documents.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Bailey was taken to an area hospital for a psychiatric evaluation and that, according to police, he has a history of mental illness.

The two-year-old dog is owned by Shea-Quan Moore-Williams, who went outside after hearing the dog yelping to find her bloody dog and Bailey in the yard with an 18- to 24-inch black machete.

(Contributions to BARCS are also being collected this week at Captain Larry’s, 601 E. Fort Avenue, in connection with the ongoing photo exhibit, “Hey That’s My Dog!” Checks can be made payable to BARCS or BARCS Franky Fund.)


Comment from Vick
Time May 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

Sick Bastard….I hope he drops dead.

Comment from Therese
Time May 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm

We see this over and over again with pit bulls. The media and ignorant people demonize them, the public has learned to have an unreasonable fear of them, so it’s “okay” to viciously attack them – a pre-emptive strike if you will. This crap has got to stop. There is zero excuse for doing this to any dog.

Comment from debra
Time May 12, 2010 at 7:55 pm

Just an update, the dog is still at the vet hospital awaiting surgery tomorrow.

Comment from missy
Time May 13, 2010 at 12:48 am

oh wow i just saw this on the news and looked it up….it mad me cry. that poor little dog she probably didn’t try to bite anyone he just needed a reason to do something evil this is so horrible i’m glad the dog is okay though and i hope she can live a normal and happy life after that tramatic experience

Comment from Edward
Time May 14, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Been trying to find updates on this dog but not much luck – anyone know how the dog is doing?

Comment from Isabel
Time September 15, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Any petition to sign to put this piece of sh** in prison forever. Abusive bastard! I hope this precious puppy get better!

Comment from Krull
Time April 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

All pits should be killed violently.

Comment from D
Time April 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm

This man was in the hospital for a week and then was let right back on the street.

Comment from Gabe
Time May 9, 2011 at 6:22 am

Whoever this dipshit KRULL is, HE should be killed VERY violently. We wouldn’t miss you man!