Oklahoma City police are searching for a man accused of stabbing a dog in the face with a pocket knife.
An arrest warrant was issued Wednesday for Paul Edward Factor, 46, in Oklahoma County District Court. Authorities accuse Factor of burglary, assault with a deadly weapon and animal cruelty, according to the warrant.
Factor is suspected of stabbing a 3-year-old mastiff named Lucy on Aug. 2 at Beck’s Garage, 4217 N Western Ave. A four-inch pocket knife was lodged just under the dog’s right eye, according to a police report. It was not immediately clear why the warrant wasn’t sought earlier.
On the night the dog was stabbed, police wrote in the warrant, Factor attempted to break in to a house next to the garage and later swung a knife at employees of a nearby bar.
Lucy has recovered since the stabbing, said Theresa Beck, Lucy’s owner and wife of the garage’s owner, Jeffrey Beck. She said she received a call from police Wednesday, telling her an arrest warrant was issued.
Lucy, one of six shop dogs at the garage, has a calm demeanor, Beck said.
“Of our dogs, she is probably the nicest and sweetest one of all,” she said. “We think that’s probably why she got closer to him, because she wasn’t really trained or raised to be vicious.”
Lucy went into surgery the same day of the incident, and about two weeks later was fully healed.
“We believe that had he punctured her anywhere else, we probably wouldn’t have her here today,” Beck said. “It just happened to hit a spot where it didn’t damage her brain.”
Anyone with information about Factor’s whereabouts should contact Crime Stoppers at 235-7300. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.