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Dog recovering from neck wound from hunting knife, two men charged

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UPDATE: Local 21 CBS News reports that according to the affidavit of probable cause, Boyanowski wanted Fletcher's help to kill Trigger after he bit his daughter in the face Monday. Police have confirmed with Hersey Medical Center that a dog bite victim was treated on Monday night. Fletcher originally planned to shoot the dog, but instead cut his throat three separate times.

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A dog named Trigger is very lucky to be alive after his neck was cut with a hunting knife and he was left to die in Middletown, PA.

Trigger's owner, Joshua Boyanowski, 31, of Dauphin County, asked Jeffery Scott Fletcher Jr., 21, also of Dauphin County, to kill the dog.

A passerby, Helen McGarry, called police after seeing Trigger crawling out of a wooded area along Stoner Drive Wednesday morning. She described the scene as terrible: drool coming down his frozen face; blood on his neck. She and neighbor, Kevin Bonner, waited for Lower Swatara Township police to arrive.

"When police pulled him out, that's when the clots dislodged and that's when there was blood everywhere, I mean he was bleeding profusely," said McGarry.

Trigger was taken to Londonderry Animal Hospital for emergency treatment.

"It was horrific and gruesome. When he came in yesterday, he had a large gaping wound with a lot of blood everywhere." ~ Dr. Glenn Book

Trigger is eating well and walking around, and he's healthy enough now to be heading to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. He needs a few more weeks to return to full strength and have his neck stitches removed. There have already been several donations and inquiries about adopting him.

Police said tips on abc27's Facebook page led them to the two men responsible, who were arraigned before a district judge Thursday. They were each charged with two counts of cruelty to animals.

Fletcher, who faces additional counts of conspiracy and possessing an instrument of crime, was sent to Dauphin County Prison on $10,000 cash bail and a probation detainer. Boyanowski was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 6.

As part of their bail conditions, they are also not permitted to have animals. A pit bull was removed from each of their homes by The Humane Society.

We have heard that one of the good samaritans who found him plans on making him part of the family.

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