NC man charged with using a sword to stab Husky to death

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Douglas Joseph Hagler (image courtesy Raleigh-Wake City-County Bureau of Identification)

Police have released the 911 calls made as a Cary man allegedly used a sword to stab his dog to death.

"Someone just killed a husky in their backyard with a sword," reported one caller - who said it was happening near Hillcrest Cemetery at the end of Page Road.

In a second disturbing call, you can hear the dog screaming in the background.

Click to listen to 911 call (Caution: graphic content)


The caller appears to confront 47-year-old Douglas Joseph Hagler.

"What are you doing to this dog?" the caller yells at Hagler.

"He has a sword in his hand and he just stabbed the dog," the caller tells the 911 operator.

Authorities said the 13-month-old Husky named "Koda" was tied to a tree when it was stabbed. Hagler owned the dog. Investigators said it had apparently bitten Hagler's roommate.

Hagler allegedly took the roommate to the hospital and said he was going to return home to get her wallet. Instead, he attacked the dog.

"He kept saying 'that dog's a killer,'" said the 911 caller - who described the sword as having a black handle and being approximately 30 to 36 inches in length.

Hagler, of the 500-block of South Harrison Ave. was arrested at 1 p.m. Sunday and released later that day after posting a $5,000 bond.
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