SANTA PAULA ( — Police sought the public’s help on Monday to locate a suspect who stabbed a pet dog outside of a home in Santa Paula.

Around 5 p.m. on Friday, officers were sent to a home located in the area of 14th and Saticoy streets for report of a heinous incident involving animal cruelty, according to the Santa Paula Police Department.

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Upon their arrival, authorities learned an unknown suspect stabbed an American Staffordshire Terrier, named T-Rex, five times outside of his home.

Police believe the suspect intentionally let T-Rex and a second dog out of the backyard of the home.

Several residents in the area were able to rush the injured dog to Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center.

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Employees of the rescue center were able to provide aid to T-Rex, who was later transported to an emergency veterinary clinic in the City of Ventura.

According to veterinarians, he is reported to be in good condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

The second dog was located uninjured by a fence at her home, shaking.

The animal rescue group, Start Rescue, has doubled its reward offer to $2,000 to locate the suspect.

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Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect has been urged to contact the Santa Paula Police Department at (805) 525-4474.