WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An $8,000 reward is being offered for anyone with details in the case of a pet beagle that was skinned alive, from its neck to its tail, in southwest Missouri.
- A resident spotted the dog on September 23, emerging from a wooded area, and Neosho police had to put it down as “it wasn’t doing good” and obviously in pain.
- The community has contributed $3,000 to the reward, while the Humane Society of the United States added $5,000 that would lead to the arrest of the person responsible for animal cruelty.
An $8,000 reward is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in the incident of a dog that was skinned alive in southwest Missouri.
Neosho police Lt. Jason Baird says the beagle’s skin was removed from its neck to its tail and down to the top of its legs.
According to Baird, a local resident reportedly spotted the injured dog on September 23 while emerging from a wooded area. Obviously in pain, the beagle was put down when officers caught it.
“You could just tell it wasn’t doing good,” Baird told the Joplin Globe. “I’ll just leave it at that.”
The dog’s owner was out of town and the pet was in good condition when it was left inside the home. It may have gotten out through an unsecured door.
“We don’t think anyone broke in and took her,” Baird said. “We just think it got out.”
The city provided a photo of the beagle in hopes of finding the culprit/s.
Baird said it is hard to believe that not a single soul heard the dog cry when it was being skinned.
‘I don’t know how you couldn’t,’ he said.
Detectives inspected nearby woods in the hopes of finding a crime scene, but it had rained in the area and any sign of the abuse may have been washed away.
“It takes a truly callous person to skin a dog alive,” said Amanda Good, Missouri state director for Humane Society of the United States. “And it’s completely heartbreaking to imagine the suffering this dog endured.
“We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward, not only to help seek justice for this animal, but also to ensure the safety of the entire community,” she added.
The community rallied together, raising a $3,000 reward, while the Humane Society of the United States announced on Thursday that it´s chipping in $5,000. Everyone hopes that the cash reward would lead to the arrest and conviction of the person involved in the animal cruelty.
Source: Daily Mail