WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A 44-year-old Winston-Salem man was arrested after being accused of stabbing his brother’s dog.
Ivan Galloway was arrested just after 5 p.m. Thursday after his family called police, reporting Galloway was chasing their pet dog around the home with a kitchen knife.
Champ, a 1-year-old pit bull mix, was stabbed twice in the back. He is alive and recovering at Banfield Animal Hospital in Winston-Salem.
Reuben Galloway, the suspect’s brother, is Champ’s owner. He said he had just left their house on Harrison Street when his father called him back in a panic.
“So I come running down the street, come in the house. And there’s blood everywhere. My dog had big holes in him, real deep, just gushing blood,” Reuben told FOX8.
Winston-Salem Police arrested Ivan Galloway, charging him with felony cruelty to animals.
Ivan Galloway served time for a number of previous assault charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, assaulting an officer, and manslaughter.
“He needs some kind of help,” said Reuben of his brother. “He needs help. He’s not allowed back over here, period.”
Reuben said he had no idea why his brother would want to attack Champ.
One of the officers who responded to the scene told FOX8 they did not suspect alcohol or drugs as a factor in Ivan Galloway’s alleged behavior. They could not comment further on his state of mind because of HIPPA regulations.
The officer also said they were just as baffled as Galloway’s family. He was relieved to hear Champ was doing okay.
Through his tears, Reuben added, “I love my dog. I love him to death. I hate to see him like this.”
Meanwhile, the vet bills are already adding up. Reuben said he is worried that Champ might still have to have surgery.
“We’re just trying to figure out how in the world we’re going to come up with seven to nine hundred dollars to get this dog fixed,” he said.
Reuben is worried the vet said Champ might still have to have surgery. “He’s worth it,” Reuben said. “We’re just doing the best we can to patch him up.”
As his usually energetic dog lies quietly at his feet falling asleep, Reuben says it’s just hard to see Champ so weak. “I hate to see an animal suffer,” he said, shaking his head. “They got a right, just like we do.”
Police Officers told FOX8 Ivan Galloway is still in the Forsyth County Jail as of Friday night. He has a $20,000 secured bond and has a first court appearance planned for Monday.