Salisbury man charged with repeatedly stabbing puppy

Phillip John Shoemaker
Phillip John Shoemaker via WBTV

A 22-year-old Salisbury man, believed to be homeless, is charged with stabbing a puppy multiple times Thursday night, deputies say.

Phillip John Shoemaker is charged with cruelty to animals.

Deputies say Shoemaker stabbed 1-year-old “Buddy” repeatedly with an 8-inch hunting knife.

Around 11:50 p.m., a woman living nearby, on Highland Park Drive, called deputies and said she saw Shoemaker stab the puppy.

The woman said she heard the dog yelping and screamed at Shoemaker to stop. That’s when she says Shoemaker raised his hand and stabbed the dog again, this time in the neck.

Shoemaker was on the ground, holding Buddy down between his knees, according to the report.

When deputies arrived, Shoemaker was inside a home, wearing blood-covered jeans, the report notes. Shoemaker reportedly told officials that he stabbed the dog because the dog bit him.

He also told deputies the dog’s owner gave him permission to kill the dog.

Buddy was taken to a veterinarian to be treated for multiple stab wounds to the neck and stomach. The puppy’s condition has not been released.

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