That's the reality Jennifer Helms faced when she found out Ginger, her five-year-old Doberman Pinscher, was beaten and stabbed.
"She was cut like all the way through her ear and all the way down the left side of her face," Helms says. "Her mouth was hanging out."
Helms had gone to work on the morning of April 3.
"I thought she was at home safe and locked in the house," Helms says.
A few hours later, she received a frantic phone call from her daughter who said she found Ginger outside in a pool of blood.
"I just saw the marks and it looked like a knife," Helms says. "At the time, I didn't know who did it."
Police say someone witnessed what happened and told them 37-year-old James Sims grabbed the dog and punched and stabbed her with a pocket knife.
According to an arrest affidavit, Sims told the witness he was going to kill Ginger in retaliation for attacking his dog.
He's charged with animal cruelty and was jailed on a $25,000 bond.
Helms says Ginger spent two days at the vet recovering from her injuries.
"She had her ear sewed up and also she had probably about 30 stitches," she says.
After all they've been through, Helms says she just glad to have her little girl back at home.
Cruelty to non-livestock animals is a Class-A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas.
That's punishable by up to one year in jail and $4,000 fine.
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