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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