TAUNTON - Taunton Police are asking for the public's help in locating a Brockton man they say attacked a dog and it's owner with a machete.

The attack took place last Monday night. Witnesses told police a man with tattoos on his neck and face screamed, "I'm going to kill this ****ing dog" before attacking the animal with a machete, also injuring the female owner.

The victim was taken to Morton Hospital for treatment and is not cooperating with police. The dog is also recovering.

Police have identified the attacker as Thomas Vargas, 45, of Brockton.

Anyone with information on Vargas' whereabouts is asked to call Taunton Police Detective Pavadore.

Vargas faces charges of animal cruelty and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.

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