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Hagerstown man accused of stabbing dog, threatening its owner

Robert Julian Scheidegger was charged with first-degree assault, mutilating an animal and reckless endangerment

April 11, 2013

A Hagerstown man accused of stabbing a dog and threatening its owner Wednesday was being held on $75,000 bail following a bond hearing Thursday in Washington County District Court.

Robert Julian Scheidegger, 58, was charged by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office with first-degree assault, mutilating an animal and reckless endangerment in the incident, which occurred at the State Line Motel on Mason-Dixon Road, court records said.

A witness told police that Scheidegger and a woman had argued and that when she left his room, his dog got out, the statement of probable cause said. Scheidegger’s dog got into a fight with the woman’s dog, and another man was bitten when he separated the animals, the document said.

The witness told investigators that, after the attack, Scheidegger went back to the woman’s apartment and stabbed her dog, the charging document said.

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The dog’s owner told investigators she was outside with her dog on a leash when Scheidegger’s dog attacked hers, the charging document said.

The dog had “an obvious puncture wound” on its left side, but was “calm and compliant while being tended to,” the charging document said.

The woman told investigators that, as she was tending to the injured man’s wounds, Scheidegger came over, stabbed her dog and threatened to kill her, the charging document said.

A deputy found a large knife with what appeared to be blood on the blade in Scheidegger’s room, the charging document said.

Assistant Public Defender Matthew Rogers told District Judge Mark D. Thomas that Scheidegger asserts the woman’s dog attacked a “colleague” of his and that Scheidegger intends to file a criminal complaint in the matter.

— Don Aines

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