SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane man accused of stabbing his dog in the neck used to work at the Humane Society in Walla Walla.
Nathan Meier appeared in court Monday on animal cruelty charges against his dog Dakota. A judge set his bond at $10,000.
Police responded to the 3700 block of North Regal after Meier’s nephew called police. He told them his uncle was threatening people with a knife, and then used the same knife on Dakota.
The seven-year-old German/Australian Shepherd mix will survive, but needed stitches.
Police took Meier into custody outside of his home. They say he had blood on him and wounds on his wrist.
Sara Archer, executive director of the Walla Walla Humane Society, said Meier came to her through a workforce training program. Meier worked there for a year cleaning kennels, and feeding and watering the animals. Archer described Meier as “kind, gentle, and reliable.”
Two years ago, Meier decided to move to Spokane to pursue automotive training. Archer said he left on good terms, and she even offered him a recommendation so that he could continue working with animals.
“I could not be more shocked that he did harm to Dakota,” Archer said. “That dog was his life.”
Meier’s next court date is scheduled for December 6.