Mendocino County man arrested for allegedly stabbing family dog
A Mendocino County man has been arrested after allegedly stabbing the family dog, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies responded on the morning of August 29 to the 3900 block of Seiji Way in Ukiah, where a man later identified as 26-year-old Diego Pulido had allegedly stabbed the family dog. Pulido had also possibly stabbed a family member as they were preparing to take the dog to a vet.
After summoning medical assistance for both the family member and the dog, deputies spoke with Pulido over a PA system and convinced him to come outside, at which point they saw the blood on his hands, arms, and clothing. Deputies learned that, for reasons yet unknown and seemingly unprovoked, Pulido had allegedy grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed the family dog, a chihuahua, twice in the abdomen.
Witnesses had also seen blood on the family member, prompting concern that they had been stabbed as well, but the blood turned out to be from the dog and from a bite the family member had sustained while trying to help the dog.
The dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian and is expected to recover.
Pulido was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony animal cruelty. He remains housed at the Mendocino County Jail on $15,000 bond.