Neosho Police are looking for the suspect who skinned a dog alive and is turning to the public for help, according to multiple reports.
With the help of the community and the Humane Society of the United States, an $8,000 reward is being offered to the person who can provide authorities information that leads to the arrest of the suspect involved, according to Fox 4 Kansas City.
According to the Humane Society of the United States, police were made aware of an animal abuse case at around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 23. According to a press release from the City of Neosho’s Facebook page, police officers were dispatched to Greenwood Boulevard and Lou Ida drive in response to the animal abuse report.
“When officers arrived, they found a female beagle that had approximately 75 percent of its skin removed while still alive. The animal either escaped from the assault or was set free in this condition,” the statement read. After meeting and consulting with a veterinarian, it was decided the beagle needed to be euthanized to end its suffering.
“It takes a truly callous person to skin a dog alive and it’s completely heartbreaking to imagine the suffering this dog endured,” said Amanda Good, the Missouri state director for the Humane Society of the United States.
“We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about this terrible crime to come forward, not only to help seek justice for this animal, but also to ensure the safety of the entire community,” Good said.
After investigating, the police officers found out that the dog escaped from a home on the 1300 block of Lou Ida drive. It had left its owner’s house by managing to escape from an unsecured door, according to WVLT. The news outlet reported the dog had not been abused or injured prior to leaving its owner’s home.
The police are actively investigating this case and look forward to any help from the public. With help from the community and the Humane Society, authorities hope to identify the person responsible.
Police encouraged anyone who might have information regarding the suspect to contact their local authorities.
Neosho Police Department: 417-451-8012
The Newton County Sheriff’s Department: 417-451-8300