Detectives with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office have arrested and charged a Florida man with domestic violence and animal cruelty charges, a press release states.
According to the release, just before 9 p.m. on Thursday, October, 26, 2023, Joshua Mueller, 40, was engaged in a verbal argument with an adult woman seated inside her vehicle parked in front of a home on the 7200 block of Halima Road in Dover.
Police say at one point Mueller became upset and shattered the front driver's side window with his fist. He then went inside and grabbed a large kitchen knife. Walking back outside, he confronted the victim and slashed her arms several times.
During that time the victim's dog came to her defence. Mueller used the knife to then stab the dog's face and chest area. Mueller was arrested without incident, giving a full confession to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office detectives.
"This is a sad and reprehensible act of domestic violence and animal abuse that will not be tolerated in our county," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. "While this individual cools off and faces the consequences of his violent actions, our heart goes out to the victim and their brave pup, and our deputies are working to get them the help they need to move forward.”
Joshua Mueller is facing charges of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals with a Weapon and Aggravated Battery with a Weapon Great Bodily Harm.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, please call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You can also contact the Spring of Tampa Bay's at https://thespring.org/ or their crisis hotline at 813-247-SAFE.