Laurel man charged with stabbing & disemboweling dog

Laurel man charged with stabbing & disemboweling dog

LAUREL, Md. (WBFF) - Howard County has indicted a Laurel man in a gruesome animal cruelty case.

Omar BeniahJovan Gertman, 24, is accused of stabbing and disemboweling a Yorkshire terrier named Boo, according to a news release Friday.

The incident happened June 12 on Covered Wagon Drive in Laurel, where a woman called 911 to say a family member had stabbed the family dog and fled, according to the release.

Boo, the dog, was not initially expected to survive his injuries but recovered after being taken to an emergency animal hospital.

Police learned Gertman had also allegedly assaulted an acquaintance and destroyed household items like a TV and coffeemaker.

Gertman was later found at a nearby hotel and taken into custody.

He is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center on charges of animal cruelty, second-degree assault and vandalism.

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