Dearborn Heights man charged in dog's stabbing death

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Daniel Arlyn Rooney

A 29-year-old Dearborn Heights man is facing a charge of torturing or killing animals after allegedly stabbing his pet dog in April, police say.

The stabbing took place on April 23 at about 11:30 p.m., at a gas station at Telegraph and Van Born, said Captain Mark Meyers of the Dearborn Heights Police Department.

Daniel Arlyn Rooney and his girlfriend had walked their dog to the gas station. He waited outside with the bulldog mix while she went in. That's when Rooney became frustrated over the dog's behavior, police say, and he stabbed the animal in the shoulder.

Rooney took the dog to the veterinarian the next day, telling the vet he had picked up a stray animal that had been injured.

But interviews with witnesses and footage from the gas station indicate otherwise. Meyers said surveillance footage showed Rooney holding a knife, and witnesses saw him use it to stab the dog. 

At his arraignment Monday in Dearborn Heights' 20th District Court, Rooney was given a bond of $2,500. Wayne County Jail records show he is still incarcerated as of noon Wednesday.

The dog had to be euthanized as a result of the injury, Meyers said. He faces a penalty of up to four years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.