ANKENY, Iowa (WHO) -- An Ankeny man is in the Polk County Jail after police say he intentionally riled up a pit bull at a party earlier this month, trying to get it to attack someone, then stabbed it to death when it turned on him.
Juan Moreno Martinez, 33, is charged with felony assault causing serious injury, two aggravated misdemeanor counts of assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, animal neglect and trespass.
The incident happened at an apartment building on NE Delaware Ave. in the early morning hours of June 6, according to a criminal complaint in the case.
Ankeny Police told WHO 13 that Moreno Martinez stopped by a gathering of some friends’ at the apartments and was trying to incite a fight between people there. He went and got a friend’s dog, identified in the complaint as a “Cane Corso Pitbull,” and the complaint says he was intentionally “agitating the dog, knowing it’s[sic] past behavior when worked into a frenzy, in an attempt to intimidate the victim.”
The Des Moines Register reports three people were injured by the pit bull, including one seriously injured, according to court records.
The dog then attacked Moreno Martinez and he suffered significant bites to his leg and arm before he killed the dog by stabbing it in the head and neck several times.