PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Phoenix police say a man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his dog and leaving the animal to fight for its life.
Andrian P. Aliguin, 26, faces a felony charge of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor charge of failure to provide medical treatment.
On July 9, police say Aliguin stabbed his pet dog, a 3-year-old Redbone Hound, then left the scene without providing medical treatment for the animal.
The stabbing left the dog with critical injuries, including a life-threatening injury to its trachea. The dog is currently being treated at the Arizona Humane Society's Second Chance Animal Hospital.
"The dog's neck and chest were soaked in blood," said Jenna Moffitt, an emergency animal medical technician with Arizona Humane Society.
Chest and abdominal x-rays revealed the dog had three lacerations, 1.5 centimeters deep. One laceration is suspected to have torn his trachea, which should heal on its own over time.
The hound is currently on pain medications and antibiotics.
Vets say the dog's prognosis is "fair."
When police arrived at Aliguin's house near 35th Avenue and Roeser Road, officers informed his parents about the dog being stabbed, and the fact that it was at an animal hospital in extremely critical condition.
Aliguin's parents at first claimed Aliguin was not home, according to the police report.
But a short time later, Aliguin was located at the home and was taken into custody.
Aliguin told police he speaks Tagolog as his primary language, and police were able to get a translator to interview him.
According to the police report, Aliguin "stated the dog was chasing people outside and that he brought it in the house and stabbed it and killed it."
Aliguin then stated that "he won't do it again," according to the police report.
A blood-covered knife was retrieved from the scene.
Aliguin was booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail but was later released on his own recognizance.
His next court appearance is set for July 25.