SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield man says he was stabbed in the abdomen by a stranger who asked to pet his dog.

The Register-Guard reports that the 28-year-old told police he was in his front lawn with his dog early Wednesday morning when the stranger approached him.

The man told police that when he denied the stranger’s request to pet his dog, he approached anyway.

The man said he pushed the stranger away to shield his dog, and was stabbed in the side in the process. He said the stranger then ran away.

The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Springfield police detective Dave Lewis said police used a police dog to search for the suspect but were unable to find him.

Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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