Heights man charged with stabbing his dog

Daniel Rooney Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Heights Police Department Daniel Rooney

Daniel Rooney Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Heights Police Department
Daniel Rooney

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Daniel Rooney, 29, of Dearborn Heights was charged with torturing or killing an animal after he allegedly stabbed his dog on April 23.

Rooney was in 20th District Court on June 18 for his arraignment when he was given a $2,500 bond and is currently in Wayne County Jail.

If convicted he faces up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

According to Dearborn Heights police, Rooney and his girlfriend took their dog — a bulldog mix — for a walk to a gas station at Telegraph and Van Born roads about 11:30 p.m.

The girlfriend entered the gas station while Rooney waited outside with the dog when he became frustrated with the dog’s behavior, according to the Detroit News.

Police allege that Rooney stabbed the dog in the shoulder with a knife and then took it to a veterinarian the following day. Police said Rooney told the vet he found and picked up a stray, injured dog on April 24.

During their investigation, police officers spoke with witnesses and reviewed security video from the gas station that showed Rooney holding a knife.

Witnesses said they saw Rooney using the knife to stab the dog.

The dog had to be put down as a result of the stabbing.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)