A Salt Lake City man, Donyae Nase, is facing a third-degree felony animal cruelty charge after allegedly stabbing a pit bull named Prince 32 times, resulting in the dog’s death nearly a year ago. According to a probable cause affidavit, Nase sought medical treatment for a dog bite and claimed that he stabbed the dog in self-defense after it had bitten him.
Upon investigation, officers from the Salt Lake City Police Department and Animal Services discovered Prince’s lifeless body inside its kennel at Nase’s apartment. The kennel and floor were found to be covered in blood, and Prince had sustained multiple stab wounds across his body. Police determined that the stabbing occurred inside the crate and not elsewhere in the apartment.
Nase reportedly informed officers that Prince had attacked him and continued to approach him even after he had retreated to the kennel. Charging documents revealed that Nase had used a baseball bat to provoke Prince before stabbing the dog. A veterinarian examination confirmed that Prince had suffered 32 stab wounds throughout his body.
During the incident, police also discovered another dog in Nase’s residence with a swollen right eye. It is unclear if this dog was involved in the alleged animal cruelty.