DOÑA ANA COUNTY, New Mexico -- A 6-six-year-old bull terrier who survived a violent stabbing attack last December will start a new chapter of his life this week.
On Monday morning, "Gucci" left for Bayou Animal Services in the Houston area. Because of the severity of his injuries, Dona Ana County officials say he has shown aggressive tendencies toward men.
On Dec. 15 of last year, sheriff's deputies responded to a fight between two brothers, which included 27-year-old Dagoberto Jimenez.
During the incident in the 9400 block of Pluto Road, Jimenez allegedly grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed Gucci 29 times. As of May 12, he had not yet been prosecuted.
Sheriff Kim Stewart described the violence as the "most egregious" act of animal abuse she's seen in her law enforcement career.
The all-female animal rescue group near Houston has the resources to provide Gucci with the one-on-one assistance he needs to recover, according to Doña Ana County.
“He’s brave and he’s stubborn," said Animal Control Officer Gwyneth Kingsley, who rescued Gucci and helped him find the new home. "The boy won’t give up and that’s what makes him a miracle, not his injuries healing, but his shear will to survive everything."
She added that the county has "connected Gucci to the best behavioral experts he truly needs after the brutality that was inflicted upon him."