Police: Man breaks into home, stabs dog

ELSMERE, Del. - November 19, 2009

It happened around 5:17 p.m. Wednesday in the 100 block of Scarborough Drive in the Mill Creek Village Apartments. When police arrived, they were contacted by a woman whose bulldog, "Chopper," was bleeding from multiple stab wounds.

Investigators say it all began when the suspect, 45-year-old Cecil Wright, got into a fight with his girlfriend in the apartment complex parking lot.

The bulldog's owner saw what was happening, and also said that Wright struck his girlfriend while holding a baby. The woman tried to intervene, asking to hold the baby while the couple was fighting.

Wright, who the woman said appeared to be drunk, gave the baby to his girlfriend but then got mad because he thought the woman took his car keys. She told him he was wrong, and went back to her apartment.

A few moments later, the woman told police she heard Chopper barking in the living room. When she went to check on him, she saw Wright in her apartment, who then allegedly started stabbing Chopper with a pocket knife.

Wright then left through a patio door. Police say Wright then called 911 to say someone was shooting at him in the complex. Police said that shooting never happened.

Chopper was taken to an animal hospital for emergency surgery. He was last reported in stable condition.

Wright has been charged with cruelty to an animal, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, burglary, endangering the welfare of a child, falsely reporting an incident, and possession of marijuana.

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