Police arrested 42-year-old Larry Dollins at his home in the 500 block of Sammons just before 6:00 p.m. Monday.
"We have some good people in the neighborhood that kept an eye out and noticed something wasn't right and called the police department. Police department got involved, and found this dog in the garbage," said Detective Ernest Moscarelli of the Abilene Police Department.
The 14-month-old mixed breed puppy, named "Taz," is expected to survive.
"She is doing remarkably well for a dog that has been injured in the way that she has," said Dr. Natalie Matthews of the Key City Veterinary Clinic, who treated Taz Monday.
Taz received treatment at an emergency clinic Sunday night and underwent surgery at Key City Veterinary Clinic Monday.
"Got stabbed 11 times, a lot of blood. The dog wasn't doing very well," Moscarelli said.
Taz will be monitored at the clinic for at least two more days. After that, she'll be put up for adoption.
"She's an innocent animal that has a very positive outlook on life, despite what she's been through in the last 24 hours. She's a really remarkable animal," Matthews said.
Anyone who would like to give Taz a home should contact Key City Veterinary Clinic at (325) 672-7801.