Man accused of stabbing dog in neck multiple times with box cutter arrested

Dog survived, adopted weeks after wounds treated

John Schafer mugshot (left), American Staffordshire terrier that was wounded (right) (Bexar County Jail, Animal Care Services)

SAN ANTONIO – A man was arrested after stabbing a dog with a boxcutter during a disturbance in late April, according to Animal Care Services and San Antonio police.

John Christopher Schafer, 28, was taken into custody on Thursday on a third-degree felony animal cruelty to nonlivestock animals with the intention to torture or kill. His bond is set at $25,000.

ACS said his charge could be upgraded to torture pending further investigation.

Officers were called to the 200 block of Coopwood on April 27 and found the dog alert but heavily bleeding from a deep wound after the suspect stabbed the younger-aged American Staffordshire terrier in the neck several times with a boxcutter, ACS said.

An arrest warrant affidavit says Schafer got into a fight with his girlfriend on the phone after she told him she couldn’t come over.

After he got off the phone, he told the woman who called the police, “I am going to start killing dogs,” and then used a boxcutter to stab the dog in the neck.

The dog was taken by ACS immediately and treated. The animal survived the attack but had severe blood loss.

After being treated, the dog was taken into a foster home before it was adopted, officials said.

Bexar County court records show Schafer was out on bond for a DWI charge from April 13 and a violation of bond/protective order from April 27.

He has previous charges for DWI and drug possession, records show.

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