Police in Anderson, Indiana are disputing reports that a family’s 12-year-old Labrador retriever’s feet had been hacked off with hedge clippers in his own backyard on Columbus Avenue when he was stolen on Tuesday.
According to the Herald Bulletin, Anderson Police Department Major Joel Sandefur states there is no evidence the incident occurred the way the dog’s owners have recounted the events of that tragic evening.
“We really haven’t found any evidence that would support anything in this claim. We don’t know how it happened, but we don’t have any intelligence information that supports this type of activity,” Sandefur stated.
According to WthrNews, the boards of the gate behind the home of Chase Gale and Mandy Darling, had been torn off and whoever took the dog forced him through the opening. The owners stated their dog, named Charlie, had been subsequently tortured and later forced back into his yard. What the family saw was incomprehensible. As Chase opened the door, there was Charlie lying in a pool of blood; three of his feet had been allegedly hacked off with a pair of hedge clippers.
“They cut his paws off and brought him back. I’m just glad I didn’t get hold of them. He was a good dog,” stated the family’s neighbor, David Tierney.
An officer who arrived at the home after the incident occurred on November 21, reported the dog appeared to be injured by another animal or could have been hit by a vehicle and the cuts on his paws were not clean – as would have been if a hedge cutter had been used. The report described the injuries “as bloody and injured paws.”
A vet recommended the family put the dog the down.
A necropsy performed on Charlie stated that three of his legs had been amputated after having been severed through the bone. Also his tail had been stripped and bone and tissue were exposed. Three teeth had been fractured at the gum level. A full report has not been released by the Anderson Police Department citing “suspicious activity.”
“The message the department wants to send the community is a voice of calmness and not to jump to conclusions based on social media rumors,” Sandefur stated. “We know there’s a lot of it out there, and some of these claims have been looked into and have been found to be unsubstantiated and unreported.”
Charlie’s torture hasn’t been the only horrible case of animal abuse in the area, and Chase thinks this is part of a bigger problem. Two other dogs have been reported to have been mutilated in the same area although police have since confirmed one of the dogs had been hit by a train and another dog that had been tossed into a dumpster had died of natural causes.
The case remains under investigation.
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