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Dog's stabbing prompts petition, protest

Posted June 1, 2015

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— Animal activists, angered by the stabbing death of a dog named Koda last month in Cary, gathered both inside and outside the Wake County Courthouse Monday with dogs, bowls and treats to lobby for the punishment of the suspect.

"Animals are the innocent. They can’t speak for themselves. They love us no matter what. They love us unconditionally. They don’t have a voice, so we have to be their voice," said Donna Lawrence, founder of Susie’s Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to education about and prevention of animal abuse.

Douglas Joseph Hagler, of 519 S. Harrison Ave., is charged with one count of felony cruelty to animals.

Investigators say Hagler repeatedly stabbed his Siberian Husky with a three-foot sword. Hagler was given a $5,000 bond following his arrest.

Aimee Bridges, also of Cary, was so disturbed by the crime that she organized a Facebook group, Justice for Koda, and gathered more than 20,000 signees to an online petition asking that Hagler be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

"I just wanted to really make a strong presence in our community so that something like this doesn't happen again," Bridges said.

Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman said prosecutors are taking the case seriously and will make sure justice is done.

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  • Benjamin Kite Aug 14, 2015
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    How can this man not be in jail why he awaits trial? HE WAS CAUGHT RED HANDED

  • Chris Redshaw Jun 2, 2015
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    Then you weren't paying attention. There were hundreds of people that were showing up for Teghan (her name was Teghan Skiba). Her mother's boyfriend is who killed her (Jonathan Richardson). If you did not see the outcry, you were not paying attention. For months leading up to and during the trial, people wore purple ribbons. Many were at the courthouse daily. There were forums dedicated solely to her and this case.

  • Michael Szeto Jun 1, 2015
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    I'm sure that maniac boyfriend got convicted for life, otherwise I'm sure there would be an outcry over that. Koda is just as innocent as the little girl. What's the difference? They both can't defend themselves. If we call them our PETS, then we should consider them as our family.

  • Wayne Boyd Jun 1, 2015
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    I know I'm going to get a lot of flack for this comment but I've been prodded all day to post it.
    This is a DOG not a human being. while I have no pets I do not believe anyone should mistreat one.
    However I do recall a few years back reading about a little girl held in a shed behind her grandmothers house by a maniac boyfriend of her mother who was repeatedly raped and beaten to death with a lamp cord and I do not remember the outcry over that being nearly as bad as whats being displayed here.
    Have we more sympathy for animals than we do for humans. This is beginning to bother me.

  • Michael Szeto Jun 1, 2015
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    If you can't handle a dog, then don't get a dog. Don't give this guy all kind of excuses, what if, and maybe. Dogs' behavior strongly influence by us, they do not bite you for no reason. Prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law is the least we can do.

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 1, 2015
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    Actually, I just went back to see if I could find any more information, and the dog had supposedly bitten the roommate twice, the second time occurring on the day he killed the dog. However, he brought his roommate to the hospital, then said he needed to go home and get her wallet, and that's when he tied the dog up and killed him (the dog was male...I don't know why I was thinking female earlier). That's wrong. If the dog was such a threat, that's when you let the hospital know, they can alert animal control, and the proper authorities can take care of things.

  • Kristin Byrne Jun 1, 2015
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    Read some of the prior articles. He tied the dog to a tree, and stabbed her repeatedly, in front of other people. As someone commented earlier, the dog supposedly bit his roommate a few days BEFORE this happened. At the time he brutally killed this dog, she wasn't a threat to anyone. This was reported earlier.

  • Steve Faulkner Jun 1, 2015
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    I bet THAT would cut the crime rate!

  • Paul Jones Jun 1, 2015
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    You won't like my answer, but a dog or any other animal is not a human. When a horse breaks its leg, what does the owner do? Shoots it. It's what they have to do sometimes. Maybe always.

    I didn't read in this article he tied the dog to a tree, but that does not matter. Did the dog hurt somebody? Did he threaten to hurt somebody? If the dog is a danger, then the dog deserves to die. It just comes down to whether the owner did what he felt he had to do.

  • Ashley Moore Jun 1, 2015
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    So let's say a PERSON did those things you mentioned. Can he/she be tied to a tree and stabbed?

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