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Saturday, Jul 26, 2008County: Morgan
Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!
As a result of fighting, a Pit Bull mix has had to have one of its legs amputated. Decatur Animal Services Investigator Miles Naylor made a startling discovery.
"The dog was in the back of a truck in a kennel and I happened to see it as I was getting out of my truck. I asked the people in the truck what happened to the dog and they said a guy had stolen it and had fought it," Naylor says.
The Pit Bull mix was badly hurt.
"The dog's right forearm was tore. You could see the bone and ligament showing," says Naylor.
Decatur Veterinarian Steven Osborne amputated the dog's leg.
He says it's tough for investigators to prove someone is guilty of animal abuse because dogs sometimes fight each other without provocation.
"To make a determination as to whether a dog is fighting with another dog as a result of some disagreement between dogs or a result from some intended purpose for gamesmanship or gambling is very hard to separate," Osborne says.
Plus you have to have witnesses to come forward. That hasn't happened in this case.
"I'm pretty sure I know who did it and what happened but I just can't prove all the specifics to it," says Naylor.
But he would have a much better chance of proving what happened to the dog if anyone who saw what happened would just come forward.
If you witnessed the dog fight call Decatur Animal Services. That number is (256) 341-4790.
If you have information on this case, please contact:
Decatur Animal Services
- WHNT - July 28, 2008
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