If you’re a dog lover or dog parent, you’ll likely do anything to keep your furry pups safe. However, you probably wouldn’t go as far as an Indiana man to protect a puppy. Apparently, he was so fed up with his neighbor mistreating a dog that he beat and suffocated it.
A man attacked neighbor for mistreating pet dog
According to Fox 59, this dramatic story began around 4 p.m. on October 1. That’s when Bloomington Police received a call reporting an argument between two men on North Arlington Park Drive in Bloomington. When police arrived at the scene, they encountered a shirtless man. He had grass stains on his pants and was sweating.
Police identified the man as Chase A, 22 years old. Warfel. He immediately admitted to police that he “beat” his neighbor because he was tired of seeing this person neglect his dog. According to Warfel, the neighbor did not feed the dog or take it outside. It is unclear whether these accusations are true or not. Fox 59 was unable to learn any further information about the dog.
What is clear is that multiple witnesses saw Warfel assault the neighbor. Warfel hit the neighbor several times in the face and choked him. The neighbor reported seeing black and coming close to passing out.
Warfel now faces charges. They include one count of strangulation, a Level 6 felony, and assault resulting in bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor. His jury trial began in February. January 19, 2024, at 8:30 am
How to confront bad-dog parents
While Warfel’s intentions may have stemmed from concern for the dog’s well-being, his actions were clearly inappropriate and downright dangerous. When approaching someone you suspect of neglecting their dog, it is important to do so with empathy and a constructive mindset. Start by choosing a private, non-confrontational environment to discuss your concerns. Start the conversation in a friendly tone. Show your love for your dog and your genuine concern for your pet’s health. Avoid accusations or judgmental comments. Instead, focus on specific observations or behaviors that concern you. Provide them with information and resources that can help them improve their dog’s care, such as local animal shelters, training classes, or veterinarian recommendations. Above all, maintain a respectful, non-confrontational attitude throughout the conversation. Emphasize your desire to see the dog thrive rather than blaming him. Your approach can make a significant difference in positively influencing their actions and ultimately the dog’s health.