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Public outrage over man who repeatedly stabbed dog at Georgia PetSmart event

Rest in peace Clara.
Rest in peace Clara.
Newnan-Cowela Humane Society FB

In Newnan, Georgia, a black and white pitbull named Clara was repeatedly stabbed with a pocket knife by Craig Emory at a dog adoption event at PetSmart reported USA Today.

Clara was one of many dogs at the Sunday adoption event, but this bizarre tale is nothing like what a puppy and dog adoption event should have been. It seems that Clara slipped away from her leash and grabbed a small Westie dog by the ear. The Westie's owner became enraged, and when witnesses thought the man was beating the dog, he had instead been repeatedly stabbing Clara with a pocket knife.

Witnesses Theresa Reeves and her fiance Mike Wohler were at the PetSmart event with 30 other people, including young children when the horrific scene took place:

"It is the worst thing I've ever seen. We heard screaming at the front of the store and went running to see what was happening. The pit bull had the smaller dog at the back of the neck holding the loose skin and fur there."

Volunteers rushed to the dogs with air horns and water spray bottles to separate the dogs, but the Westie's owner, Craig Emory had taken justice in his own hands and while stabbing the pitbull had been uttering profanities.

According to the TimesHerald, Reeves also stated:

Clara wasn’t clamped down on the dog. Mike was able to put his hands in her mouth,” Reeves said. “It wasn’t an attack; they were just standing there. It could have easily been broken up,” she said. But instead, the man took out his knife.

The most heartbreaking part of this terrible tragedy is that Clara never once growled or became aggressive. Wohler described the pit bull as retreating, wagging her tail and panting. Observers were all petting her, but then the blood started pouring out of the four to six stab wounds and her breathing became labored as she gurgled in the pool of blood drowning her internal organs. She was rushed to the Banfield Pet Hospital.

Monday night's Facebook page of the Newnan-Cowela Humane Society sadly announced:

"NCHS made the very difficult decision to have Clara euthanized because we thought it would be best for Clara. Her injuries were more extensive than the vet originally thought. We did not want her to suffer anymore and ultimately die in the presence of strangers. Several of the volunteers with NCHS who know and love Clara were there with her when she passed including one of the guys who works at the kennel where she had been boarded. She was surrounded by love and no longer is in pain or suffering. We did what we thought was best for Clara under the circumstances - not because she was a liability or the cost of treatment."

A petition has been started to bring justice for Clara with nearly 12,000 signatures in one day.

A police officer was heard to have stated that Emory had the right to defend his dog. The case has been turned over to the Newnan Animal Warden, Cyndi Hoffman.

"You just can't walk into a floor and stab a dog in front of families and children," stated Wohler.

The Westie suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery; not so with Clara. Rest in peace Clara.

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