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Dog fatally stabbed while on walk with owner in bizarre attack

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According to Friday's NBC Bay Area News, a violent stabbing attack, which claimed the life of a dog, took place early Friday morning in San Francisco, Calif.

Two men, described as "Hispanic males in their 20s," approached a man who was walking his unaltered pit bull in the city's Mission District. It is believed that the men initially wanted to steal the dog, but things turned deadly when the three men started to fight and the dog was stabbed.

According to ABC 7 News, animal control officials believe that the men were trying to steal the dog because he was not neutered. Animal Control director Rebecca Katz stated:

It's become harder and harder I think for people in San Francisco for people to acquire intact pit bulls, which is the preferred condition for certain individuals,"

Though the wounded dog was rushed to an area veterinary hospital, he did not survive the injuries.

Gordon Shyy of the San Francisco Police Department told NBC Bay Area News:

We don't have any indication that the suspects were after his property, it appears they were after his dog,

"It's definitely a serious case - the animal cruelty charge is a felony which has serious consequences.

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