Levy County, FL - A Golden Retriever was the victim of a vicious attack by a man trying to "punish" his brother-in-law for putting a small dent in his truck.
Behind the horrific act is Gary Denning of Trenton - the victim, a Golden Retriever.
The brutal incident occurred on May 19 - police responded to a 911 call placed by Gavin Denning after Gary Denning's daughter ran screaming from the home - terrified by her father's actions.
Gary Denning had attacked the dog with a machete - severing the innocent dog's spine. Though the dog was severely wounded, it was still alive when the police arrived to investigate.
From the Levy County Police release:
Denning's daughter (Juvenile) was in the residence when the attack occurred.The juvenile stated that she heard the dog yelping and attempting escape this brutal and unnecessary attack.The juvenile screamed to her father to stop and he turned with the machete in his hand, but didn't say anything to her.The juvenile stated that her father's behavior frightened her and she immediately ran out of the house.
Sadly, the injuries were so severe that the dog had to be humanely euthanized.
Hopefully the courts will punish Gary Denning appropriately for this horrific act of cruelty. His actions clearly show him to be a dangerous individual.
Gary Denning was arrested on domestic battering and animal cruelty charges.
For more information: Levy County Sheriff's Blog