A Chicago woman allegedly stabbed a Chihuahua multiple times in an unprovoked attack after striking up a conversation with the dog’s 15-year-old owner during their daily walk.
Jeanette Olivo, 61, began chatting with the teenager, who was walking her 12-year-old family dog, Bebe, on Monday afternoon near her home on West Irving Park Road, PKB 32 Chicago reported.
Moments later, the woman ran up to Bebe and stabbed him with a knife, according to court documents cited by the outlet.
The girl ran off with her injured pet, but Olivo chased after them and stabbed the animal multiple times, officials said.
Olivo fled the scene and dropped the knife about a block away, but the girl’s father caught up to her and restrained the suspected attacker until cops arrived, CBS News reported.
She was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal and aggravated assault. She is due in court on Tuesday.
Bebe suffered serious injuries and underwent surgery.
The Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation helped raise over $9,000 in just two days to pay for Bebe’s medical care.
The non-profit group posted updates on Facebook regarding the dog’s condition.
“The dog is still alive and we are helping to save him. So far, so good. No pneumothorax – THANK GOD!!! He did very well overnight and so far there are no observed complications,” the foundation said on Wednesday.
“He was lucky the knife missed his major vital organs,” he added.
In their latest update, the Garrido Group wrote, “WE DID IT TOGETHER – WE SAVED BABY!”
He said the dog “is happy to be home and recovering surrounded by his loving family. We are grateful to the doctor who performed his life-saving surgery.
“His 15-year-old sister is also better; but the trauma she endured will take years to overcome. Thank God she knew how to fight off the aggressor,” he added.
John Garrido of the foundation called the attack a “horrific” act.
“Everyone is focused on the harm this person has done, but we have over 250 people who have stepped up to help this family,” he told ABC 7 Chicago.
Meanwhile, Bebe is on the road to recovery.
” He is doing very well. He eats well,” owner Ana Gabriela Jasso told the outlet. “He was even barking with the other dogs, so that’s a good sign for them.”
The dog’s other owner, Sergio Macias, said the suspect “must be in jail. She must be held accountable. It can’t happen.
According to police records cited by WGN-TV, Olivo was arrested Dec. 10 in an unrelated incident and charged with aggravated assault and battery.