Annapolis man stabbed dog when it tried to intervene in assault, police say

An Annapolis man is facing multiple charges after he stabbed a family dog to death when it tried to get between him and a woman he was attacking, according to police.

The incident unfolded Friday evening when 24-year-old Jesus Hernandez Garcia of Annapolis allegedly grabbed the woman's hair and started striking her at a home on Silopanna Road.

When he seized a glass bottle and tried to hit the victim in the head, the dog intervened, police said.

According to police, Hernandez Garcia then pulled out a folding knife and stabbed the dog in the neck. Officials said the woman was also cut.

Anne Arundel County Animal Care and Control tried to care for the dog, but it succumbed to its injuries.

Annapolis police charged Hernandez Garcia with first and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, aggravated cruelty to an animal, and animal cruelty.

Hernandez Garcia was being held in jail without bond.