On or about Tuesday, March 18, 2014, Animal Care Services became aware of a female pit-bull named “Petey” that was unresponsive in her backyard. The owner of the dog solicited assistance from a Facebook acquaintance and they took the dog to a local veterinarian. The vet recommended treatment, however the treatment exceeded the owner’s funds. The owner then took the dog to a second veterinarian, however the dog died enroute.
During this process, the acquaintance posted the information and photos on an animal rights Facebook page, suggesting/alleging animal neglect/cruelty. No person having actual contact with the animal officially reported the alleged neglect/abuse directly to the proper authorities (i.e. Animal Care Services or the Police Department) until the animal was at the veterinarian office and an email from a concerned citizen was sent to ACS management.
On Thursday, March 20th, Animal Care Services obtained the remains of the dog and a necropsy was performed on Friday, March 21. The veterinarian report indicated that the dog may have died of inadequate care.
Animal Care Services investigated this case and has now turned it over to CCPD Investigators for possible filing of criminal charges.
Submitted by Heather Hedrick, Program Manager 3/28/14 at 9:58am.