Man accused of brutal dog killing says he loves animals

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

WARNING: Some people may find the details in this story disturbing.

PHOENIX -- There are two neighbors who have two completely different stories, about what happened in their Phoenix apartment complex on Wednesday.

“They're not being honest whatsoever,” said Adrian Gonzalez.

Gonzalez’s neighbor, Terry Hubbard disagrees.

“I heard my wife say 'help me, help me Terry help me,'" said Hubbard.

Regardless of who is telling the truth, the end result is still the same. Gonzalez's pit bull, Armani, is dead.

Police accused Hubbard of hitting the dog with a sword causing injuries so severe the dog had to be euthanized.

“I picked the sword up. I came right here and said get off my wife. The dog came charging right at me,” said Hubbard.

Hubbard said Wanda was being attacked by the dog as she walked to their apartment through the complex.

He said he was left with little choice but to use lethal force.

Police said they found no signs of an attack.

The dog’s owner said Armani had a cut down the middle of his head and the dog’s eye was hanging out along with brain tissue.

Gonzalez admitted his dog got lose somehow in their complex, but wasn’t home at the time.

“He didn't have to run in there be a big man and grab a machete and whack my doggie on the head,” said Gonzalez.

Hubbard was taken to jail, for what Phoenix police officers said was one of the worst cases of animal cruelty they've seen.

Gonzalez said his neighbor wanted to hurt his dog.

“The neighbors said he was walking around with a machete like it was nothing. My girlfriend was scared about that,” said Gonzalez.

Hubbard and his wife Wanda showed 3TV their cat and said they love animals.

The couple said they even called 911 to help the dog.

When asked if he regrets hitting Armani with a sword, Hubbard said "yes."

A police spokesperson said Hubbard called animal control twice in the past.

Last April, Hubbard reported to police he was bitten by Armani.

A memorial for Armani sits right where the dog used to, on Gonzalez’s front patio.

Both Hubbard and Gonzalez told 3TV they’re moving.

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