Evanston police are investigating a case of an incident in downtown Evanston Friday afternoon that resulted in the knifing of a Springer Spaniel dog.

The animal, owned by a 76-year-old Evanston couple, was being taken for a walk at 820 Church St. when they were approached by a middle-aged man who asked if he could pet the dog, according to EPD Cmdr. Ryan Glew.

As the couple granted the man’s request, Glew said, he whipped out a knife and stabbed the animal in the leg, then ran off.

Glew said the African-American man, who looked to be in his Forties, was identified by the couple as about 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighing about 170-180 pounds.

The dog was taken to an animal hospital, where it was treated for the leg injury and is expected to make a full recovery, Glew said.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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