Dog stabbed in throat recovering at home after burglar attack

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by Othello Richards & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 9:02 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A dog is recovering at its Hillyard home after a burglary suspect allegedly stabbed it in the throat Wednesday night.

Officers responded to a reported stabbing in the 2900 block of E. Diamond around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The homeowner allegedly found 42-year-old Roger Mendenhall in his bedroom with a knife. He confronted Mendenhall, also known as Lucky, and a scuffle ensued. Mendenhall was stabbed in the leg during the encounter.

A neighbor tackled the suspect when he tried to escape. He and the homeowner pinned Mendenhall in the front yard until police arrived.

The homeowner then found his pit bull, Chance, in a pool of blood in his living room. He took the dog to a pet emergency clinic, where Chance was treated for a stab wound to an artery. Chance appears he will recover after the owner was given a 50/50 chance of survival last night.

The owner told KREM 2 News he still needs to take Chance to the vet for more treatment and that the dog is not out of the woods yet because there is still the possibility of infection.

Chance has stitches around his throat.

Mendenhall faces felony burglary and assault charges, as well as a first-degree charge of cruelty to animals. He spent the night in the hospital for his wound before being booked into jail Thursday morning.

Police said Mendenhall was possibly intoxicated.

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