Surgery successful on 'Bear,' German shepherd attacked in his yard by knife-wielding passerby

Anonymous group pays $1,000-plus for dog's surgery

INDIANAPOLIS - After being slashed in the face by a passerby and undergoing a pricey surgery, a dog named Bear is doing well.

That’s the word Monday from his owner, William Beatty. 

The southeast-side resident said Bear, a 12-year-old German shepherd, had his face slashed by a passerby on Thursday. 

Beatty said a man was walking by his home and Bear walked up to the fence, then the man leaned over the fence and took a swipe at the dog. 

"So my dogs ran over to protect my yard, and as I was standing there, I saw him take a swing at my dog," Beatty said. "And then I hollered at him, told him he didn't have to swing at the dog. The dog wouldn't bite him."

Apparently he was holding a knife, because Bear’s face was cut severely, Beatty said.

Beatty said the wound was serious -- about three inches long, an inch wide and an inch deep.  

He's a single father of two whose work hours have been cut back, and he's currently selling his boat to make ends meet, so paying for expensive surgery was out of the question.

"We was pretty worried. You know, I'm a struggling single dad. I take care of these two boys of mine, and there's no way we could afford to have done it," Beatty said. "I tried my best to super glue it, and it just wasn't going to happen."
 
Beatty posted the news of the attack on Facebook. A friend then contacted an Illinois group, Pit Crew , which offered to help.  
 
Beatty took Bear to a pet surgical center, and by the time the three-hour surgery was completed, an anonymous donor had volunteered to cover the expense of more than $1,000.

"I was terrified. You know, I thought, man, my dog's going to die," Beatty said. "My kid's got to come home and see this.  He's going to be traumatized. We love our animal. We've had him for 12 years since he was four weeks old, and he's like a son to me."

Bear is now recovering while wearing a protective cone.

Beatty said police have told him that if they can catch the person who did this, he'll probably go to jail, and since he walks up and down this road frequently, Beatty said he'll be on the lookout for him.

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