Dog stabbed in attempted attack on Asbury Park man, official says.
By: O Jefferson
ASBURY PARK – A dog was stabbed in Asbury Park while helping protect his owner’s brother from an attacker, according to an official.
Neptune resident Altarik Cullum, 26, went to Terrence Mells’ Mattison Avenue house Dec. 15 to attack his brother, Richard Curry, said Chief Victor Amato, of the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Cullum stabbed Coco, a three-year-old female Stafford Terrier, with a steak knife in her chest when she got between the men, he said.
“If a human being would have took that thrust [of the knife] it would have killed him,” Amato said.
Animal control officer Cpl. Kevin Rooney, of Associated Humane, took Coco to the Popcorn Park Zoo for treatment, and she expected to make a full recovery, Amato said.
Cullum was charged by the SPCA with inflicting unnecessary cruelty on an animal by stabbing and faces six months in jail along with fines. Amato said Asbury Park police also filed charges against him.
SPCA Sgt. Billy Hyer, Asbury Park Police Sgt. Alastair Sweeney and Ptl. Marchelle Baldwin responded to the incident.