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Man Wanted in Connection With Attacking Dog With Machete in Taunton



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    Police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a dog with a machete last week in Taunton, Massachusetts.

    Officers responded to a Church Street home Sept. 17 at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving multiple calls of the attack. When police arrived, they found bystanders tending to a dog who lay bleeding on the ground.

    Witnesses told police the man, now identified as Thomas Vargas, 45, yelling, "I’m going to kill this ****ing dog."

    According to police, the dog had been stabbed in the neck and spine.

    The dog was treated at a nearby animal hospital and was taken into the custody of animal control.

    The dog's owner was also injured in the attack while trying to intervene and was treated at an area hospital.

    Authorities said the woman would not cooperate with officers who wanted to speak to her about the incident.

    Police have now issued a warrant for Vargas' arrest. He was last known to live in the Brockton area.

    Vargas is facing charges of animal cruelty and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (machete).

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