2016-05-11 / News

Police still trying to find out who killed and ‘skinned’ dog

Police still do not know what killed a pet dog whose body was found in a Jeremiah neighborhood, apparently “skinned” of all its hair.

“I can’t believe someone would do that,” Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb said Tuesday afternoon.

The body of the dog, an older Rottweiler mix named Jazz, was found last Friday lying beside the road at Arthur’s Loop on Blair Branch. A wild turkey hunter who found the dog alerted authorities.

According to Deputy Sheriff Sidney Fields, the dog’s owner, Shannon Hankinson, also of Arthur’s Loop, said the animal had been missing for three days.

“She never expected someone to do something like that,” said Fields. “That blew my mind.”

Fields and Webb said the cause of dog’s death will not be known until after the results of an autopsy are released.

“I guess we’ll wait and see what comes out of that,” Webb said. “They didn’t skin it alive.”

Fields said the autopsy was performed in Lexington.

“She never expected someone to do something like that,” said Fields. “That blew my mind.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff ’s department at 633-2293.

The Kentucky River Regional Animal Shelter is offering a $1,500 reward for the arrest of the person responsible for the animal’s death.

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