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PETITION TARGET: Nassau County Police Department

Cornell, a two-year-old male terrier mix, was stabbed 17 times before a good Samaritan found him bleeding alongside a road in Freeport, Long Island, NY according to a WNBC news report.

“I’ve seen some pretty horrific things, but the extent of the amount of times he was stabbed is unimaginable,” Ashley Behrens, acting director of the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter, told WPIX 11 in an interview. Cornell was brought to the animal shelter shortly after being picked up, then quickly taken to an emergency vet.

“Some of the stab wounds caused his lungs to leak air between his body cavity and his lungs and they had to be drained a number of times,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said in a press conference. “The other stab wounds were cleaned – were either stapled or sewn.”

Despite his multiple injuries, Cornell has fully recovered and is doing well.  

The perpetrator is still at large.

The person responsible could face numerous misdemeanors and felonies for aggravated cruelty to animals, according to Donnelly.

“I believe this was somebody’s pet. He’s too healthy and in too good shape to have been a street dog,” Donnelly told WNBC. “We need the public’s health to help us find who did this to Cornell.”

A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case.

Sign our petition today to help ensure that the person(s) responsible for this senseless act of violence be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law before another animal or human is injured.

The Nassau County DA’s Office asks anyone with information contact the animal crimes hotline at 516-571-7755.