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Case ID: 15381
Classification: Mutilation/Torture, Shooting, Bestiality
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Reward: $2,500
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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009

County: Randolph

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

After a dog was stabbed, shot, choked with a bicycle chain and rocks tied to its legs, the Humane Society of the United States has offered a $2,500 reward in the search for whoever is responsible for the animal's torture and death.

Dawn Moland, an animal rescuer from Winchester, said her husband first noticed the dog's body after leaving a friend's house on March 24. When she went to check on the animal, near the intersection of Randolph County roads 300-S and 200-E, she was shocked to find holes in its body and five large rocks, some covered in blood, next to it.

The dog, who police believe was tortured somewhere else and dropped along the side of the road, also was sodomized with a beer bottle, Moland said.

"It's pretty disgusting for me, and that (day), my stomach was nauseous all day," said Moland, who rescues animals, finds foster parents to care for them and works part-time at the Attic Window in Winchester to buy the food they need.

"I have to work. I gotta feed the animals," said Moland, who has six dogs of her own.

The Randolph County Sheriff's Department is investigating, but Major Todd Dunn said there are no suspects. Dunn said anyone responsible for the dog's injuries or death could be charged with cruelty to a vertebrae animal.

Neither police nor Moland have been able to identify the owners of the blonde, female dog with medium-length hair, which weighed about 30-35 pounds and appeared to be 1-2 years old. Moland said it appeared the dog at one time had puppies.

In a press release announcing the reward from the Humane Society, Indiana's director Anne Sterling said, "Anyone capable of torturing an animal can be dangerous to people. Americans have no tolerance for violence against the creatures who share our world."

Anyone with information about the case should call the sheriff's department at (765) 584-1721. Dunn said there haven't been other reports of animal torture in the county recently.

"We've had nothing of a similar nature for a long, long time," Dunn said.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
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(765) 584-1721


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