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Halifax man accused of throwing wooden sign at barking pooch, dog suffers life-threatening injuries

Halifax Regional Police say the dog's owner came out and was also assaulted by the accused, who has been charged and released from custody.

Halifax Regional Police.

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Halifax Regional Police.

A Halifax man is facing charges in what police call a “strange incident,” after allegedly throwing a wooden sign at a barking dog and badly injuring it.

According to a Halifax Regional Police release, at 7:13 p.m. Monday police responded to a dispute in the area of Davison and West streets in Halifax.

Police were told that a man was walking a large dog past a residence on Davison Street where there was a small dog barking on the property. The man picked up a small wooden sign on the property and threw it, striking and injuring the dog.

The owner of the injured dog came out and confronted the man, police said. The suspect then threw another sign, striking the homeowner.

Police said the owner was not physically hurt, but the dog sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to an animal hospital.

“I really can’t speak to his motive,” Halifax police spokeswoman Const. Dianne Penfound said Tuesday, adding that any reasoning behind the man’s actions will likely come out in court.

“It’s a strange incident, and I do wish we had more answers.”

Animal Services responded and took possession of the suspect’s dog, the release said.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Halifax man without incident at the scene. He has been charged with assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, and injuring or endangering an animal.

He was later released and is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Nov.21.

Penfound said they were not releasing the kind of dog that was injured in the incident as it might identify the homeowner.

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