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Pit bull recovering after stabbing

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - A Henrico man accused of stabbing his girlfriend's dog multiple times with a knife was arraigned on an animal cruelty charge Thursday.

Gordon Atkeison, who was previously charged with assaulting his girlfriend, stabbed her pet pit bull when it stepped between them during a domestic argument on Hodder Ln. early Halloween morning, police said.

The woman, who suffered facial injuries during the assault, took her two-year-old  Brindle pit bull named Chako to the vet after it was stabbed.

The dog, who suffered a dozen stab wounds to his neck and chest, is now doing better and back home with its owner, according to Will Lowery, co-founder of pit bull awareness group Gracie's Guardians.

Lowery said Gracie's Guardians and Ring Dog Rescue partnered to raise money to help cover Chako's vet bills.

"We didn't want the dog to suffer and die, so we quickly came together and pulled resources," said Lowery. "We wanted to do whatever we could possibly do to make sure this dog had a happy ending."

Atkeison, whose trial date was set for Dec. 9, was also charged with drug possession last May in Henrico.  CBS 6 News also learned that he has two previous assault and battery charges in King William County and a breaking and entering charge in Hanover County.

Stay with and CBS 6 News for updates on this story. 


  • Family friend

    First I would like to state on the many of occasions I was at this residence the dog was in aggressive nature and would only take a loud noise or knock at door to become aggressive !!! Secondly this woman kept taking this man back repeatedly after being assaulted . This case has no victims and sad thing is she will take him back and only reason got a protective order was because of CPS being involved . It’s a game and the real concern shouldn’t be the dog but the innocent infant involved. Lets focus on that instead of the one sided news and get all the records ..

    • Lindsey

      Lol let me guess you think he’s aggressive because it’s a pitbull? A dog is supposed to bark or become suspicious if they hear a loud noise or a knockon the ddoor. Why have a dog if it’s just going to lay there and do nothing. This dog protected it’s owner. My dog would do that same.

  • Karen

    Its just a shame that her dog was’nt able to attack this freak since he was trying to protect his owner. So glad her dog is doing okay, but he needs to ROT.

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