Friday, June 16, 2000

Second dog hurt in stab attack

Police doubt connection

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Within days of a woman's dog being stabbed to death in her home, a second dog's chest was sliced open while the animal was inside a fenced yard — but police say they doubt the attacks are related.

        In a police report released Thursday, Linda Lowder, 34, of the 3100 block of Mohawk Street, said she discovered the injury last Friday. The dog, a 21/2-year-old boxer named Rosie, required surgery for the 5-inch-long gash, but was recovering well Thursday, Ms. Lowder said.

        She said a veterinarian told her the cut could not have been caused by another animal, but was caused by a sharp object.

        The apparent attack occurred five days after another Middletown woman reported that her 7-month-old Weimaraner puppy had been stabbed to death. She has requested that her name and address be withheld for safe ty reasons.

        The two attacks occurred on opposite sides of town, Maj. Mike Bruck said Thursday, and involved different circumstances. Although Maj. Bruck said he thinks it's unlikely the cases are related, they are being assigned to the same detective in case any link between them becomes apparent.

        Still, Ms. Lowder wonders whether the attack on her dog might have been done by someone who was copying the tactics in the case of the Weimaraner.

        As of Thursday, police had made no arrests.


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