Dog alive after owner allegedly cuts throat

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A 1½-year-old dog lays at Kern County Animal Control on Thursday, July 5, 2012, after its owner allegedly cut its throat. (Photo from Kern County Animal Control)
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The man was arrested Fourth of July for allegedly cutting his small dog's throat was scheduled for release from jail Friday night. According to the Kern County Sheriff's Department the District Attorney's Office declined to file charges at this time. The case will be handed back to Sheriff's Officers for further investigation.

Kern County Sheriff's Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said the incident occurred in the early morning July 4 on the 3300 block of State Road, near Golden State Highway and Airport Drive.

Witnesses told deputies that 45-year-old Eddie McCumber was involved in a verbal argument with a fellow tenant when McCumber threatened to cut his own dog's throat. Pruitt didn't know what sparked the fight. One little boy who lives in the complex said he was horrified by what happened and watched as the dog bled from it's throat.

Fellow residents described McCumber holding his dog by the back of the neck and cutting its throat before tossing the dog to the ground, Pruitt said.

McCumber's neighbors were able to corral the scared dog and call authorities.

The sheriff's office spokesman said he couldn't explain McCumber's motivation. Pruitt said deputies didn't make note of drug or alcohol involvement.

Kim Rodriguez with county Animal Control said the dog's life wasn't threatened by the wound, which she described as a little more than an inch-wide slice in the skin fold.

The dog, a 1½-year-old pug-Chihuahua mix, "is understandingly timid," Rodriguez said via email.