Man arrested for stabbing dogs in Crawford County
LIZELLA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One man is in the Crawford County jail for stabbing a dog. 68-year-old Marvin Lee Bryson is facing two counts of aggravated animal cruelty after being connected to an incident Monday where two dogs were attacked.
No bond for Bryson has been set.
41NBC’s Skyler Henry spoke to the owner of one of the dogs that was stabbed and later died. She says her family has lived in the Lizella area for years and something like this has never happened.
“You’d always see her coming back. There was never a time where she’d stay gone,” Courtney Thomas said.
She said she didn’t understand why her oldest pet was weak and stumbling Monday after she’d let it out to relieve itself.
“Everybody just loved her. In nine years, we never had one complaint,” Thomas said.
According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, Thomas’ nine-year-old dog, Honey, was stabbed multiple times in Courtney’s grandmother’s front yard on Sandy Point Road.
“I noticed she was kind of walking slow so I went over to her and that’s when I seen, I thought it was bullet holes,” Thomas said. “After about an hour or so, she’d usually come right back into the house after she finished her business.”
Honey, a mixed breed dog, was walking with a neighbor’s dog when they were attacked.
“It’s crazy to think of somebody would do something like that because you know nothing like that has ever happened around here,” Thomas said.
Courtney said she didn’t hear anything and neither did neighbors — an unsettling feeling for someone who has lived in the area for years.
“It goes to show you when you think you’re comfortable in a place and you feel like nothing can happen, something can happen,” Thomas said.
She has three more dogs that she said won’t leave her sight. Thomas added she regrets leaving Honey unattended.
“It still doesn’t give somebody a right to slaughter your dog,” she said. “She does deserve to have justice, because even though she was a dog, she was a great dog.”
The other dog that was attacked did survive. Honey had to be put down.
No word on whether the Georgia Humane Society is still offering a $200 reward.