Neighbors Kevin Bonner and Helen McGarry found an injured Rottweiler mix dog on a road in Lower Swatara Township, Pa., on December 11, 2013. The dog had its throat slashed a multiple times and was left to die alone in the woods, but luckily for the pet, he was found in time and brought back to health.
McGarry was driving down the road when she spotted the injured pet on the side of the road.
“I could see blood on his throat, so I pulled up and turned around and came back and I called 911 and I sat there for a while,” McGarry told Penn Live “[The dog] approached the car, he let me pet him and then he laid down and tried to get under the car because it was so cold outside.”
Bonner saw his neighbor on the road tending to the injured pet and he too stopped to help the dog. He brought a blanket to help keep the dog warm.
While both neighbors waited for police officers to arrive on the scene, Bonner couldn’t understand how someone could do such a horrible act to a pet.
“He lifted his head up and a blood clot fell out of his neck and the blood started pouring out,” said Bonner. “I don’t know how to explain it, but I was committed at that point, I had to help that dog.”
The pet was rushed to Londonderry Animal Hospital in Middletown, and his previous owner was identified thanks to a Facebook post. Authorities had asked the public to help identify the dog and his abusers.
Trigger is the dog’s name, and he belonged to 31-year-old Joshua D. Boyanowski.
According to police, Boyanowski confessed to hiring 21-year-old Jeffrey S. Fletcher to kill his pet after Trigger bit Boyanowski’s daughter in the face. The incident occurred two nights before the murder-for-hire took place.
Fletcher picked up Trigger and took him into a wooded area where he slashed the dog’s neck three times. The criminal told police he had to slash the pet so many times because the dog kept on getting up and trying to bite him.
When officers told the animal abuser Trigger survived the attempted murder Fletcher said “No way!”
Boyanowski’s daughter required stitches to her facial injuries, but she is expected to recover.
Both men were charged with cruelty to animals and attempting to kill or maim a domestic pet. Additionally, Fletcher was charged with criminal trespass and possession of an instrument used in a crime.
Boyanowski was released on $10,000 unsecured bail. but Fletcher remains in Dauphin County Prison because his $10,000 bail has not been paid.
As for Trigger, he is recovering well an Bonner decided to adopt him. Bonner already owns two German shepherds, and if Trigger doesn’t get along with his pets McGarry is ready to welcome Trigger home.
“If [Bonner’s] dogs don’t like it, then [Trigger is] mine,” said McGarry. “He’s a wonderful dog, he melted my heart and he melted Kevin’s.”
Better days are ahead for Trigger. He will for sure be loved by both McGarry and Bonner.