Updated: September 18, 2019 06:23 PM
Created: September 18, 2019 05:46 PM
NEWARK, N.Y. (WHEC) — A dog was stabbed to death in Newark on Tuesday night. The man who did it has admitted to it, saying he felt like his dog’s life was on the line. The Newark Police department is investigating and in talks with the Wayne County District Attorney to see whether criminal charges are warranted.
Teala Young and her husband live in an apartment near the entrance to a walking trail off Route 31 in Newark. They let their two dogs out to go to the bathroom around 6 p.m. on Tuesday and within a few minutes, noticed a man walking toward the trail with his dog.
Their 4-year pit-bull Zeke noticed too, and started to walk toward the pair, “as he was sniffing the dog and walking toward him, the man started walking backwards with his dog towards his car,” said Young.
She says she then noticed the man bend down to eye level with both dogs, “then he stood up and the guy just said ‘I'm sorry man,’ he goes, ‘I had to stab your dog…And he just stood up and blood just started gushing out of my dog on the side, and there was a huge stab wound and Zeke just started walking toward my car,” said Young.
There's still a trail of Zeke's blood across the street.
“Our dog was dead within minutes,” Young said.
While Young admits Zeke wasn’t on a leash, she says he wasn’t attacking the man’s dog and he had never had any issues with aggression towards other dogs before.
The man who killed Zeke is Edward Hilfiker. News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke went to his home in Newark on Wednesday.
He didn't want to be on-camera, but admitted he stabbed the dog because, he said, Zeke was killing his dog. He told Lewke he tried to get Zeke off his dog, but when he was unsuccessful, he pulled the knife. He added that his own dog is currently being treated for his injuries at the vet.
In the meantime, a necropsy is being performed on Zeke, and investigators are looking to see if there are any surveillance cameras in the area that can offer an independent look at what happened.
Regardless of whether Zeke was attacking Hilfliker’s dog or not, the legal question remains: did Hilfliker have the right to kill someone else’s dog? That’s what prosecutors and police are still trying to determine. News10NBC will continue to follow this story.
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