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Dog Viciously Attacked With Knife

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by Chris Conte

MT. JULIET, Tenn. - A Clarksville man is facing serious animal cruelty charges after officials say he cut open the throat of a dog belonging to a man he got into a fight with.

"I just couldn't believe that someone would do something like that," said Holly Ross of Lifehouse Animal Refuge and Rehabilitation, the group which helped save Bella the 2-year-old German Shepherd/Lab mix.

The incident happened on Sunday at a home on Bender Ferry Road in Mt. Juliet.

Officials from the Wilson County Sheriff's Department said Nathan Haskins and another man got into a fight.

At some point, according to Haskins, he was bitten by Bella who was trying to defend her owner during the fight.

Reports state Haskins then said, "that dog will be dead in the morning," before coming back and cutting Bella across the neck with a knife.

"There was a lot of internal damage, a lot of lymph nodes and muscle tissues some had to be removed," Ross added.

Bella required close to two dozen stitches, and currently has a tube in her neck to help drain fluid, but she has been reunited with her 11 puppies at a foster home who were unharmed in the attack.

"It's really unbelievable, it's hard to believe that someone out there would do something like this to stoop so low," Ross said.

Haskins is due back in court in July facing an aggravated animal cruelty charge.

Bella and her puppies aren't ready for adoption yet, but the group taking care of them is accepting food and supply donations.

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