News 12 at 11, November 26, 2007
Augusta, Ga. --- 13-year-old Elijah Hawes was playing with his pit bull Saturday night around 9:00 at his home on Bransford Road. The dog was on a chain in the front yard when the suspect, Ginger Arthurs, was walking by with her chow mix.
"The suspect in this case was walking her dog and at some point her dog broke free and charged the dog that was on the chain, those two dogs started to fight," Lt. Scott Peebles said.
Both owners tried to pull their dogs away from each other. Investigators said the suspect, Ginger Arthurs then pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed the pit bull a number of times.
"I was just like 'whatcha stabbing my dog for?' and my god brother was trying to pull him away from her," Elijah Hawes said.
Elijah said he was shocked.
"My dog was so hurt he just let loose to the other dog and ran in the yard and died," Hawes said.
This incident report said Arthurs took her chow dog and ran to her apartment, where she was later taken into custody, and charged with cruelty to animals.
"She didn't have to go that far. She could've ran and called police, got help, or whatever," Jeanette Hawes said.
Jeanette Hawes said her brother was devastated.
"To actually hear my brother talk about what happened to his dog and it happened right here in front of him," Hawes said.
Elijah said he hated to see his dog die like that.
"I just can't see how a person can stab a dog to death. Like she wanted him to die because she kept stabbing him," Hawes said.