Man runs over family dog and then stabs it to death in front of horrified owner and her children
Kristyn Barlow and her four children were on their way to a play date when Poochies, the Chihuahua, ran into the street without any warning and was run over
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A woman and her children in Kansas were left feeling horrified after a man ran over their pet Chihuahua with his pickup truck and then stabbed it in the neck. On November 1, Kristyn Barlow and her four children were on their way to a playdate along with their two dogs when Poochies, the Chihuahua, ran into the street without any warning. According to what Barlow told media outlets, she saw a man in a pickup truck hitting the hind legs of the dog and then pulling over immediately.
Barlow told Fox 4 that she thought he was going to help her wounded pet. The devastated mother claimed that the man pulled out a knife instead and viciously stabbed Poochies in the neck. The entire incident was caught on the family's home security camera.
Barlow told the news outlet: "After he did what he did to Poochies, I had to rush [my kids] inside because I can’t believe he did that." The mother said that the incident was made even more traumatic for her when the man brought the body of her beloved dog wrapped in a tarp. She said: "He brought her down and dropped her down in front of the kids like it was nothing, like he didn’t care. He just wrapped her in a tarp on the side of my house, like an old paint tarp that was moldy."
The mother then said: "He was like, 'She’s gone. There was nothing I could have done. I had to put her out of her misery'." She spoke of Poochies unfortunate death to KSHB 41 saying that the dog was going to turn a year old very soon. She said: "She was the best dog I’ve ever had."
Barlow also told the news station that Poochies had been a rescue dog. She said: "I saved her from being hit by a car. She was really really tiny. I want him to realize what he did was wrong it wasn’t his life to take. He wasn’t a vet. I wanted to be able to take my dog to a vet, to a hospital."
The Olathe Police have identified the driver of the pickup truck since the tragic incident took place but his identity has not yet been revealed to the public. A statement issued by the Olathe Police reads: "We have identified the individual involved in the animal cruelty investigation. The case remains under investigation."
We have identified the individual involved in the animal cruelty investigation. The case remains under investigation.— Olathe Police (@OlathePolice) November 2, 2018
A GoFundMe page in Poochies' memory was launched by the Jungle Law Firm, who are a group of lawyers who specialize in animal cruelty law. The page description reads: "The GOOD NEWS. Olathe police have apprehended the suspect. Animal attorneys at Jungle Law are pushing prosecutors to pursue felony charges to the fullest extent of the law."
"All money collected from this GoFundMe page will support the Great Plains SPCA. We are also working together with the animal community and state representatives to pass Animal Abuse Law."