UPDATE: BPD is on the lookout for man who attacked 2 canines with hatchet in Central Bakersfield

UPDATE (2/16): The Bakersfield Police Department has confirmed that they are investigating the attack and are looking for the suspect.

The department said the suspect was described as a Spanish man, 5 feet 9 inches tall and slim. He was wearing a black hoodie, jeans, and a red and white knitted hat. Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call BPD at 661-327-7111.

(2/15): BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – A man allegedly attacked two dogs with a hatchet early Monday morning in Central Bakersfield, and now a local group has come forward to help the dogs recover.

Dog owner Jarrett Woltz said the attack happened around 1:30 a.m. outside the Jack-in-the-Box on Brundage Lane and Union Avenue.

Woltz said he was walking the dogs when a man who may be under the influence came up to them from behind and scared the dogs Yellow and Beretta. Woltz said the man attacked the dogs after they barked at him. Woltz said he ran to a nearby gas station for help.

“I thought that maybe he sprayed them with pepper,” said Woltz. He couldn’t tell if blood or pepper spray was left on the sidewalk after the attack. The dogs suffered cuts on their heads.

“After that I just tried to take care of my dogs. I didn’t really care about that guy anymore, ”he said.

Jacque Johnson, founder of Bakersfield Pawsitive Connections, said members of the group learned of the attack from an independent video stream and had come to help Woltz and the dogs. The two dogs were taken to Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital and are in stable condition, according to the group.

“One of the dogs that snout was pretty much split in half,” Johnson said.

  • Photo courtesy Jacque Johnson / Pawsitive Connections
  • Photo courtesy Jacque Johnson / Pawsitive Connections
  • Photo courtesy Jacque Johnson / Pawsitive Connections
  • Photo courtesy Jacque Johnson / Pawsitive Connections

Johnson said several rescue groups have already raised thousands of dollars to pay for the dogs’ treatment. Bakersfield Pawsitive Connections is also raising funds to pay for future treatments for the dogs and has set up several donation options:

The Bakersfield Police Department could not provide an explanation for this story.

We’ll update this story as we get more information.

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