No one knows what happened to a three-year-old friendly Boxer named Don when he disappeared one week ago in a Tampa, Florida neighborhood. His owner, Michell Mitchell searched the area for her beloved dog; she found Don on Wednesday in a trash can, and she seems to think he may have been brutally tortured. His body has since been exhumed by authorities.
According to Fox News, her dog’s lifeless body was found in a trash bin close to his home. A metal air conditioning duct pipe had been wrapped around his neck, and a hole in his hind leg could have been caused by a gun shot. When she discovered Don’s body, Michell called the Tampa police to investigate, but the officer told her the dog had likely suffered an accident. Michell, however stated the officer just opened the lid to the trash can and closed it right away.
After Michell turned to social media asking for help, the Hillsborough County Animal Services decided to exhume Don’s body to establish the exact cause of death. Radiographs have been ordered to determine if this is an animal cruelty case authorities plan to investigate further.
According to the Tampa police, there has been no information made available leading them to suggest Don had been tortured nor any criminal wrongdoing.
Updates to follow. Rest in peace Don.
(Photo of Tampa dog via screenshot Fox News)
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