Man accused of fatally stabbing dog during dogfight
Published: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 4:37 p.m.
A fight between two pit bulls early Wednesday morning led to the fatal stabbing of one of the dogs by a Gainesville man, police say.
Daniel Brummett, 46, of 1425 SW 42nd St., was walking his small pit bull named "Mama" by the Kangaroo Express on Southwest 20th Avenue around 2:33 a.m. when he walked past Brandon Smith, who was also walking his pit bull, a Gainesville Police Department report said.
Police said Brummett's dog began attacking the other pit bull and would not let go. Smith said he tried to pull the dogs apart from each other when Brummett pulled out a pocket knife and started to swing it toward Smith, the report said.
Officials said Brummett began repeatedly stabbing Smith's dog. Smith said he and passer-by Martin Cloud tried to stop Brummett from stabbing the dog, but Brummett started chasing them with knife in hand, the report said.
Police said another passer-by named John Bittner tried to stop Brummett, who tried to punch Bittner in the face but missed, the report said. After Smith and the two passers-by called police, Brummett picked up his dog and fled the scene, the report said.
Smith's dog was taken to the emergency animal hospital, where the dog was euthanized due to the severity of its wounds, the report said.
Cloud said on the phone Thursday that Brummett had "no mercy" when he stabbed Smith's dog.
"My heart went out to that dog because he had no sympathy," he said. "He stabbed the dog everywhere. He intended to kill this dog."
Cloud added that Smith's dog was on a leash, but Brummett's dog was not. GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said Brummett's dog is staying with one of Brummett's relatives.
Police searched for Brummett in the area, but they were not able to find him until Brummett called the station later Wednesday and said he wished to meet to tell his side of the story, the report said.
After he was arrested, Brummett told officers he stabbed Smith's dog in self-defense and fled because he was scared. He also said he did not come after anyone else with a knife, but later said he put his pocket knife up before he tried to "punch the head off" one of the men, the report said.
Brummett was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault and one count of animal cruelty by causing a cruel death. He was booked into the Alachua County jail Wednesday and remained there Thursday on $25,000 bond.
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