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Oildale man says his dog was stabbed, killed

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 21:15:57-04

An Oildale man is searching for answers after he said it was stabbed and killed on Monday. 

Justin Redden said on Monday around 5 a.m. he heard his dog, Diva, make a yelping noise and moments later she was covered in blood. 

"I went down to pet her and she jumped up on me and blood had just started squirting out profusely," said Redden. 

He said he quickly started walking her toward the car to try to rush her to the vet.

"I set her down, tried to put my hand on it and the blood was just started running down out there, so I knew right then that she wasn't going to make it."

Redden said he stayed and comforted her until she died. 

"I just laid there and I scratched her ears and I said 'It's ok girl, you're going home with the rest of our animals that have passed," said Redden. 

Redden said he has no idea why anyone would harm his dog -- saying she was a playful and friendly pet.

"Great around the kids, never would hurt a fly and that's really what makes it sad. She was the sweetest dog," said Redden. 

Now Redden wants to track down the person who did it so they can be held accountable.

"The individual who did that, to me, is a complete sick individual and does not deserve to be on the streets," he said. 

In Reddens neighborhood many residents have dogs of their own and some are now worried about their dogs' safety.

"It's scary and not knowing who it is, it could be a neighbor, it could be someone that walks by every day, it's scary that someone can carry that act out," said Erin Durrett who lives next door to Redden. 

Durrett is also trying to help Redden track down information, she posted on Facebook and is now asking anyone with information to come forward. 

A $200 reward is being offered by Redden for information that leads to an arrest. 

If you have information you can contact the Kern County Sheriff's Office or contact Durrett at (661) 808-3334 or by email at erindurrett@yahoo.com.