The scene at White Rock Dog Park on a Saturday afternoon is typically less than genteel. Dogs run loose. They slobber, heed nature's call, become amorous and start fights.
But sometimes their owners' behavior draws the most scrutiny. That's what happened Saturday, when a man was accused of stabbing a woman in the face as he tried to protect his dog from hers.
Michael Armalavage, 44, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and carrying a prohibited weapon, a switchblade. He was released from the Dallas County Jail early Sunday on $2,000 bail.
Dallas police say he pulled out the knife as his dog was being attacked, and, fearing for his pet's life, began swinging it at the woman's dog.
As the woman tried to separate the animals, police say, Armalavage recklessly swung the 4-inch blade into her face.
Krisha Pembroke, 30, was left with a bloody wound just above her right eye. She was treated at the scene and released. On Monday, she said she didn't have hard feelings.
"I'm not pressing any charges," she said. "It was an accident."
Pembroke said her dog, Bosh, is a mix of pit bull and Rhodesian Ridgeback. She said she had the dog on a leash as he clamped down on the nose of Armalavage's dog. There was no need for a knife to break it up, she said.
"To me it was something little that got blown out of proportion," she said.