Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 53-year-old woman, Dawn R. Courson, who cut her dog’s front legs with a knife, causing deep wounds and gashes that led to a significant amount of blood at the scene. The eighty pound injured mixed breed dog was transported to the Palm Glen Animal Hospital for emergency care.
Courson, found to have an outstanding warrant for assault and disorderly conduct, confessed to the crime during an interview. She said she wanted to die with her dog.
“This is a horrific crime to an innocent dog,” said Sheriff Arpaio. “Animal cruelty is a crime that I will continue to pursue any time that it occurs.” The arrest of Courson (DOB 10/13/1962) occurred on September 22, 2016, at 19814 N. Ponderosa Circle in Sun City, Arizona, where the suspect was staying with her mother. After cutting her dog, Courson fled the area but was located and detained.
Detectives from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Investigations Unit were called to the scene and will continue to investigate in order to bring charges related to animal cruelty pending veterinary medical records. Courson was arrested and booked into 4th Avenue Jail on the outstanding warrant.