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Benefit today for dog allegedly beaten by neighbor

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on April 7, 2012 at 11:52 am |
April 7, 2012 11:52 am

A benefit to pay the medical bills of an Orting dog allegedly attacked with a hatchet by a neighbor last month is scheduled today from noon to 3 p.m. at Mt. Rainier Harley-Davidson in Seattle.

The benefit for the dog, Kona, includes a raffle with Harley-Davidson goods, gift baskets from Strut the Pup and other festivities. Mt. Rainier Harley-Davidson is located at 1305 First Ave. in Seattle.

Ricky Lee Knowles has been charged with animal cruelty, theft and trespassing after he allegedly stole the golden retriever from his neighbor’s yard, attacked him with a hatchet and held him in his garage. Knowles has pleaded not guilty.

When the 3-year-old dog was brought to the Sumner Veterinary Hospital March 20, his eyes were so swollen he couldn’t see out of them. He had multiple fractures to his head and sinus cavity.

During surgery, veterinarians extracted three bone chips and damaged tissue from the dog’s head. Medical personnel also repaired multiple puncture wounds to the dog’s neck.

Knowles, 55, had complained to the dog’s owner about the animal’s barking.

In addition to the benefit, contributions to pay for the animal’s care are being accepted at the Sumner Veterinary Hospital, 16024 60th St. E., Sumner, WA 98390.

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