Horrific case of animal torture: Dog killed in Colbert County

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In Colbert County, Alabama, authorities are asking for the public’s help identifying the person(s) responsible for what has been labeled a “horrific case of animal torture.” A dog was skinned alive, its body parts removed and then had been thrown off a bridge into the creek.

According to WaffNews, Animal Control Officer Anthony Wilbanks, said the dog’s body was found Wednesday on a creek bank off of River Road and had been mutilated while it was still alive.

“It was gory. I’ve been doing this job for seven years, and I’ve seen a lot of things, but I’ve never seen anything quite that bad,” stated Officer Wilbanks. “At approximately 3:30 p.m., we got a 911 call concerning a dead animal in a creek bank. When we got there, the animal had been skinned, ears removed, testicles removed and thrown in the creek.”


It is suspected the dog had been killed less than two hours before having been discovered by a local fisherman.

Tragically officers believe the injuries were inflicted while the dog was still alive based on examination of the body. There were no gunshots to indicate the dog had been killed previous to skinning it.

“They left about six inches of skin on all four legs. Other than that, it was completely skinned.”

There have been social media comments contending the dead animal had been a coyote, and it had been caught and skinned for its fur. Officer Wilbanks denies the rumors and is calling for the community to help find the culprits.

“We’re not sure of the breed, but it was not a coyote,” Wilbanks stated. “This is uncalled for it needs to be stopped. We need to find this person and let the people in Colbert County know that we’re not going to tolerate this stuff. We’ll put you in jail and we’ll try to put you in prison for it.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Colbert County Animal Shelter or Colbert County Sheriff’s Office at 256.381.4073 or 256.383.0741.

(Photo of dog skinned alive screenshot via Waff News and Colbert County Sheriff’s Office)

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  1. I want these worst excuses for human beings caught and tortured to death! They are a complete and utter example of why animal cruelty laws need to become as harsh as if a human was killed! It does not matter what kind of animal this was or how old these monsters are, there is a need for extreme punishment for this atrocity!

    • I agree 100%. They think “it’s just a dog” so they torture it because they know they’ll get away it whereas if they did that to a human, they would be charged with much more severe crimes.

  2. This sounds like this person who did this belongs to a cult, find him or her quickly. Somebody knows something about this! RIP sweetie, you did not deserve this!

  3. I want to keep updated on everthing possible but I find myself terribly upset when I’m unable to help with any atrocities that I read! I NEVER understand how “ppl” can do these things! I also CANNOT understand how they are not punished in a manner that would make them harming ANY animals!! Children are the absolute worst!! How sick POS’S can harm or kill them is utterly beyond my comprehension!

  4. FIND THE F*KWAD RESPONSIBLE, AND EXACT “BIBLICAL” RETRIBUTION (eye-for-an-eye): Maybe THEN these bastards will give pause, before inflicting such heinous abuses?

  5. OMG, this is horrific. I’m in tears at the pain and suffering this poor dog endured and how scared he had to be – and he probably knew and trusted the spawn of Satan who did this to him. And even IF it was a coyote, who does this to ANY animal???? RIP baby…you are now with God and you’ll never see the POS who tortured you again because he’s going to Hell.

  6. We need stricter laws for those that do things like this and torture of that scum should never be ruled out. Maybe if these things know that the same could happen to them that they’ve done to a dog, might make a difference especially if there is a reward. People turn on others for money.

  7. Come on Karma…..rear your head and find the monsters who delivered this horrible abuse and torture to this poor animal. SHOW THESE MONSTER what PAIN really feels like.
    IF you know who did this……..and you do not report them? YOU ARE AS GUILTY AS THEY!!!

  8. This is someone beyond having psychosis… The SOB’s are DEMONIC!!! the cops will get it in gear when they start finding skinned and emasculated human beings in the creeks and rivers of Alabama… Remember the Movie Deliverance years ago … what is needed is a Damn Good Task Force out there ASAP!!!

  9. I am FERVENTLY HOPING that the ” Sadistic piece of crap, the lowlife, the vermin, the degenerate, the scum of the earth ” (this is my polite vocabulary) that did this to this Dog suffers the most debilitating, painful disease known to mankind. May this person be struck down “sooner rather than later”…… !!!

  10. Unfortunately, ALABAMA is getting EXACTLY what it deserves! This CORRUPT state FULL of DEMONIC thugs fully ENJOY their corrupt counterparts in government. The Sheriff are ESPECIALLY evil and take payments EVERY DAY from criminals and let them go, as they STEAL the money given them to FEED INMATES, who end up STARVING. Oh, yes Alabama, your OWN religious statements are coming back for ya…”what ye sow…so shall ye reap”! YOU create, molly coddle and protect vile thugs every day and YOU vote for KNOWN thieves and liars who RAPE their own wives, daughters and nieces and call it NORMAL or OKAY. LMFAO…I hope this escalates and takes many remedial turd lives. Get ’em God, let them KNOW YOU see ALL and forget NOTHING! Yee haa!


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