Nearly three months after a trespasser viciously stabbed a Belgian shepherd in Surrey, police have released a photo of a man they believe was involved in the incident.
“Investigators have been unable to identify the suspect thus far and are now appealing to the general public for their assistance,” a statement issued Thursday by Surrey RCMP explains.
The shepherd, named Spirit, was injured around 7:30 p.m. April 28, on private property in the 12700-block of 58 Avenue.
Police at the time were told that a lone male had trespassed in an apparent attempt to take a shortcut. Once on the property, he was confronted by Spirit.
The dog’s owner told police she heard Spirit bark, then saw the trespasser stabbing her dog. The attack stopped when the owner screamed at the assailant. He then jumped a fence and left.
Spirit underwent extensive surgery for multiple stab wounds to his face and head.
Despite extensive patrols by officers, the perpetrator was not located.
After speaking with witnesses and viewing area surveillance footage, police are asking the public to help locate and identify a suspect described as a white male in his late 20s to early 30s, with a medium build and dark hair. In the surveillance video, he is wearing a checkered shirt, backpack and jeans with a rip near the knee.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.