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Authorities seek men who beat dog with machete

Posted June 3, 2009
Updated June 4, 2009

— He was beaten with a machete and left for dead, but Buddy, a shepherd-Labrador mix, survived. Now Cumberland County Animal Control investigators want to know who abused the dog.

Dog survives brutal attack with machete Dog survives brutal attack with machete

"It just breaks my heart,” said Linden Spear, founder of the Haven Friends for Life No Kill Animal Shelter in Raeford.

Buddy has known only pain in his life. The 1-year-old dog is a recent amputee and was found covered in mange and infection.

Dwayne Shepherd took WRAL News to a wooded area near Laraine Street in Fayetteville where, neighbors say, several men were swinging a machete into the dog.

"They was hitting it and cutting at it and things like that. Just trying to kill it,” Shepherd said.

The men ran away and have not been identified or charged. Shepherd later found Buddy cowering under a mobile home.

"He started to move around a little bit, and then I was just like, 'He was waiting to die,'" Shepherd said.

Authorities took him to a veterinarian. He has been recovering at the Haven Friends for Life No Kill Animal Shelter in Raeford.

“His front leg was so crushed and damaged (that) there was no blood supply,” Spear said.

Implanted in Buddy's back was a microchip with his owner's information.

"The owner is not able to be reached,” Spear said.

Authorities say information in that microchip suggests the dog's owner may live in Cambridge Arms Apartments in Fayetteville and go by the name John Paul. However, authorities were unable to find him and believe the address and name may be a fake.

Buddy is safe at the Haven, amid other dogs with similarly sad stories. Spear is determined that Buddy's life will have a happier ending.

"We'll find the right place for him,” she said.

Anyone with information on who abused Buddy should call Cumberland County Animal Control at 910-321-6852.

If you would like to help Buddy, go to the the Haven-Friends for Life No Kill Animal Shelter Web site or call 910-875-6768.


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  • sjeg Jun 5, 2009

    I am a animal lover. I have 3 dogs I love dearly. I can't even bring myself to hit one of them.

  • thatsright1233 Jun 4, 2009

    "readme" Just to let you know every single dog that I have EVER owned has been either a stray that I took in and saved or from a local shelter. EVERY ONE! I have also worked at and volunteered for selveral years at no kill shelters. But thanks for making that point for everyone else as I agree we need to support the local shelters efforts in saving these animals.

  • readme Jun 4, 2009

    If you guys are this emotional about this issue, then you need to go right now to a shelter and adopt an animal and put your money and commitment where your mouth is. If you don't, many will be put to sleep. I have seen many dogs killed "humanely" at a shelter when I volunteered there, and hundreds in NC will be put down today while we comment on this story. It is better than being hacked to death by a machete to be sure, but not by a whole lot. Dead is dead no matter how you get there.

  • thatsright1233 Jun 4, 2009

    When/if these people are found the same thing should be done to them. People need to realize that abuse does not stop with animals... It starts there. They need to be punished severly! No more slaps on the wrist for animal cruelty.

  • tammybutler Jun 4, 2009

    This is horrible... Why hurt a defenseless animal... Dogs are man's best friends... I can imagine what sickos' did this... They need to be hacked on and left for dead to see how it feels... Eye for an Eye...

    I hope Buddy finds a good home where he can live the rest of his life without fear and without pain... Good Luck Buddy!!!

  • speedy Jun 4, 2009

    My comment was relative to the headline and with an interest in shaming WRAL into better writing/editing/grammar/english.

    Can NOONE take a joke anymore?

  • beachbum1 Jun 4, 2009

    NPGGIRL ...I could not agree more!

  • the JETHROSEXUAL Jun 4, 2009

    you namby pamby moderators really blow

  • npggirl Jun 4, 2009

    Exactly! It breaks my heart every time I read an animal cruelty story. Poor animals just continue to love people, and some people are just awful! I hope they find this man and cut him up with a machete!

  • Professor Jun 4, 2009

    professor I think everyone knows the dog did not have the machete but if you read the headline "men beat dog with machete" it doesn't say men with machete beat dog

    Wow!! Don't sandblast me. I was only responding to another comment. Please observe and see below. Get with it.