A Border Patrol canine is recovering after being stabbed in the neck
during a confrontation on the border. Its attacker, a Guatemalan citizen
who was trying to enter the United States across the Rio Grande river,
is now facing charges.
The two-and-a-half year old German Shepherd, Dinie, was stabbed in
the neck Sunday morning when the Border Patrol confronted approximately
30 suspected undocumented immigrants near Mission, Texas.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., Dinie and her handler agent chased after
suspect Luis Gilberto Cruz-Solis, who had jumped up from the brush and
"These dogs, until you actually physically stop them, they're going
to continue to go," said Border Patrol officer Henry Mendiola.
Dinie ran ahead of her handler and confronted Cruz-Solis, who
allegedly stabbed the canine on the right side of her neck. Her handler
rushed her to the vet after noticing her harness was covered in blood,
according to court documents.
"When the handler picked her up at the vet after the surgery, she's
already up and running," said Mendiola. "But obviously the handler knows
best," he added.
Cruz-Solis was transported to a Border Patrol station where he told
agents he stabbed the dog in the neck after it bit him. He said he then
threw the knife in the woods.
Police recovered the knife. Cruz-Solis admitted to the Border Patrol that he was an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala.