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Dog Slashed, Family Terrorized, Area Man Charged

By Sandra Raub

Daniel Nash, 27, Montrose, was taken into custody on Aug. 12 after he terrorized a Montrose family and attacked the family pet with a knife. According to reports, Nash had been calling the Joshua Rosenkrans family more than 20 times between Aug. 10 and 11, demanding money he claimed they owed him and making threats to come after them if they did not pay.

Nash then came to the family’s home on Aug. 12, wearing a bandana and carrying a knife. Rosenkrans’s six-year-old son was playing with the dog in the yard when Nash came to the house, and when the dog approached him, Nash grabbed the animal by its head, slashed its throat and stabbed it in front of the youngster.

According to reports, the child’s mother, Ramilynn Thompson, grabbed the child and took him to the house, while Rosenkrans chased Nash off the property.

The dog, a three-year-old black Labrador Retriever called Jamison, suffered 13 wounds and required more than 150 stitches. He was treated at the Montrose Veterinary Clinic and is recovering at home.

Rosenkrans told reporters and police that Nash’s claims he was owed money were unfounded, and he did not know why the attack happened. In statements he made to the news media, he said Nash is supposed to be taking medication but is not compliant.

Nash waived his rights to a preliminary hearing and is being held in the Susquehanna County Prison on $50,000 bail. He faces numerous charges, including a felony count of criminal attempt to commit robbery, simple assault, terroristic threats, stalking, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and cruelty to animals. He is ordered to appear in court on Aug. 30.

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