Chicago — A 61-year-old woman is charged with stabbing a Chihuahua while the dog’s teenage owner took it for a walk on Chicago’s Northwest Side. The dog, named Bebe, suffered severe injuries after being stabbed three times during the attack, but he is on the road to recovery, according to the Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation.
Officials said a 15-year-old girl was walking 12-year-old Bebe in the 6700 block of West Irving Park Road when Jeanette Olivo, 61, began following them just before 3 p.m. Monday.
Olivo suddenly ran up to the girl and stabbed Bebe, prosecutors said. She then chased after the girl and stabbed Bebe two more times before running away, according to the allegations. Prosecutors said Olivo dropped the knife in a nearby yard, and a bystander detained her until police arrived.
According to authorities, a surveillance camera system in an apartment building recorded the entire incident.
In a Facebook post, Garrido Stray Rescue Foundation said Bebe “is still not out of the woods yet, but in good spirits and doesn’t seem to be in pain.”
The rescue foundation is raising money to offset Bebe’s veterinary bills.
“If we raise enough, we maybe able to cover their entire bill. They suffered enough trauma already,” the group’s post continued.
“One wound went pretty deep and damaged the diaphragm, but the surgeon was able to repair it. Another wound is of concern as it may have pierced the thorax. The surgeon decided this wound would be best to avoid exploratory surgery at this point; it may cause more trauma and delay healing.”
Prosecutors charged Olivo with aggravated cruelty to animals and misdemeanor aggravated assault. Judge David Navarro ordered her to pay a $2,500 bail deposit to get out of jail. Her public defender said she has mental health issues.
According to Chicago police records, Olivo was arrested on December 10 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misdemeanor battery in the 3900 block of North Cicero. She was released from custody on a recognizance bond less than four hours after being arrested, CPD records show. The case is still pending.