Animal cruelty investigation: Dead dog found on leash behind north Abilene home


ABILENE, Texas - An animal cruelty investigation is underway in north Abilene after a dog was found dead on a leash in a backyard.

The remains had been removed when KTXS arrived at the home in the 1900 block of North 2nd Street. But we were sent a photo by a concerned neighbor.

GALLERY --} (WARNING: CONTAINS GRAPHIC PHOTO) The dog's face is gone and most of the head is just a skull. Something also appears to have happened to the right hind-end of the dog.

The owner told KTXS she found her 2-year-old Blue Nose Fawn, named Shadow, hanging Sunday and got sick while taking it down.

The woman said she had to work Monday and intended to call Abilene Animal Services on Tuesday. But she could not find the number.

She believes someone intentionally hanged her dog.

As to why the face was gone, she said one of her other pit bulls ate it after Shadow died.

Animal Services removed the carcass Tuesday afternoon. No other dogs were removed.

KTXS called APD which said they are investigating the case as animal cruelty.

No charges have been filed. But police say it would be a state jail felony. According to Texas penal code 49.092, animal cruelty is a felony when a person intentionally "tortures an animal or in a cruel manner kills or causes serious bodily injury to an animal."

A city spokesperson told Animal Services has responded to the home two other times in the past year.

9/6/2016 - Check welfare of two pit bull puppies. The officer left a letter related to shelter for one dog and information about proper tethering 12/28/2016 - Check welfare of a skinny pit bull on a short tether. The officer was unable to make contact with the owners. He saw tethers in the back yard, but no dogs. When he knocked on the front door, he could hear dogs barking inside and left a notice. If you ever witness an animal that appears to be in any distress, call City of Abilene Animal Services at (325) 698-0085. WARNING: GALLERY CONTAINS GRAPHIC PHOTO

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