Scottsdale police arrest man for reportedly stabbing, killing service animal

The Scottsdale Police Department have arrested a suspect for allegedly stabbing and killing a service dog.

Officers responded to a call for service from a veterinarian office in Phoenix at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 after staff reported a deceased dog in the office had been killed at a residence in the area of 8300 E Avalon Dr. in Scottsdale.

Jacob Bushkin (Submitted photo)

Investigators say they learned Jacob Bushkin, 27, had called family members between 5-6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25 to tell them that his dog — a 4-year-old Golden Retriever named Cub, who was an Arizona State Qualified Service Animal — was dead at his home.

Police say family members located the deceased animal in a garbage can and took it to the veterinarian office, according to a police report.

The vet observed dozens of stab wounds, a police report states, and the dog’s throat had been cut as well. The vet then called Scottsdale Police Department and the Arizona Humane Society was notified, police say.

The Arizona Humane Society took custody of the deceased dog and transported it to the Midwestern University in Glendale for a procedure called a Necropsy (autopsy for animals).

The procedure, police say, revealed that dog was stabbed over 100 times and that the dog was alive when the attack was occurring. Detectives attempted to contact Mr. Bushkin by phone, but he refused to talk with them.

A search warrant was conducted on Mr. Bushkin’s home where further evidence of the crime was recovered, according to a police report.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Scottsdale detectives arrested Mr. Bushkin at his attorney’s office.

Police say Mr. Bushkin was held in-custody on the charges of killing a service animal and animal cruelty (both class 6 felonies).

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