2 Men Arrested, Suspected of Attacking Dog with Machetes

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MERCED, Calif. (AP) —

Two men have been arrested in Central California on suspicion of tying a dog to a fire hydrant and slashing it with machetes and leaving it for dead.

Police in Merced believe the attack on Friday happened after the Siberian Husky named Lucious bit 45-year-old Myron L. Pattillo’s dog.

Police said Pattilo and 29-year-old Aaron Carney caught up with the man walking Lucious on a residential street, grabbed the dog and used a leash to tie him to the fire hydrant.

After the attack, the badly wounded dog had to be euthanized.

The Merced Sun-Star reports the suspects were taken into custody for investigation of animal cruelty and robbery.