Man charged in dog’s stabbing death

A Warren County man has been charged with causing an animal’s death through torture after a necropsy conducted on a dead pit bull terrier concluded that the animal had been fatally stabbed.

Warren County Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said in a written statement that the Warrenton Regional Animal Health Laboratory concluded that the pit bull had been stabbed 21 times.

Sgt. James A. Darr Jr. of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said the injuries found on the dog were discovered after a fight with another dog, a male German Shepherd owned by the defendant, Rodney Lee Woodward, 29, of 141 Whipporwill Road.

Darr said the fight on April 15 started when one of the dogs broke loose from a neighboring property and entered an adjoining yard. Woodward and another person tried to break up the fight, Darr said.

Deputies responding to a report of dogs fighting arrived at Woodward’s residence to find the pit bull dead, McEathron said. Woodward and the other person who had tried to separate the dogs went to the hospital for treatment of unspecified wounds, McEathron added.

Darr said Woodward stabbed the pit bull with a knife that has yet to be recovered. The dog did not die from injuries in the fight, Darr said.

“From the necropsy, there were no physical signs of a dogfight from the one dog that died,” Darr said.

The German Shepherd, which remains with Woodward, suffered minor injuries, Darr said.

Darr said Woodward was arrested July 13, the same day a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call Darr at 635-4128.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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