From Switzerland County Animal Control officer Tara Hite:
Warning!! This post is NOT for those with a weak stomach. It is a little graphic.
Some days, like today, I wish animals could tell us their story. Days like today, I don’t like my job at all.
These are pics of an adult, male Pitbull that was brought to Animal Control today. This dog was in shock, half starved and mangled.
He had been stuffed into 2 garbage bags, and dropped. Left there to suffer until he died.
It’s stories like this that make me wish that this dog could’ve have told me who stuffed him into these bags, who put him in the truck and drove down the country road, parked and got out of the drivers seat. Who scooped him up, 1 last time, tossed him over an embankment and drove away. Left him there to suffer and die. While you drove home to your family, to your kids and maybe to your other pets.
I wish I knew what this poor dog lived through prior to these events. From the looks of him, it probably wasn’t good. Did you ever love him, did you ever care?
I set back and wonder, how do you live with yourself knowing what you did and how horrible of an act it was? How do you tell your family /friends where your dog went to? You are a coward, among many other more horrific things I could call you. There is a special place for people like you.
To the man who seen the truck, and had a visual on the guy but was unable to get to the vehicle in time, thank you for caring, thank you for doing what was right for someone else’s pet.
I can say this, while I set waiting on the Vet to come access what you had done to this dog, I loved on him, I petted his head even through all the blood. I was there for him when you ran away. I made him a nice cozy bed, wrapped him in a blanket and covered him with more. He was freezing, he was in shock, scared to death, bloody and mangled. You did this to him. And through all of that, he still lifted his head up to nudge me as if to say Thank you.
I didn’t know this dogs name and I’ll never know his story. You were the coward that threw your dog away and I’m the one that had to decide his fate. Yes, unfortunately do to all his major injuries, I had to make the choice to have him humanely euthanized. Probably the most decent thing that’s happened to him in a while. The only good thing about all of this is that the people who brought him in, they cared. I cared and the vet cared. We all took our turns talking ever so gently, apologizing for the stupidity of others and petting this dog to make him feel just a little better. Maybe, just maybe he felt a little better before he crossed that Rainbow Bridge.
The only hope I have left, is that I find out who you are. Someone must recognize this dog or the fact that someone that had a dog like this is now missing one. I know what kind of vehicle and the basic build of the man/boy/coward. I’ll be watching and listening.
REST IN PEACE sweet dog without a name. Some of us cared and I hope you were able to tell that.
We are looking for a:
Dodge truck, short bed.
Maroon /red in color.
Possibly a 98/99.
Extremely loud exhaust.
The vehicle came from Markland Pike on to Atkinson Hill. Stopped at an embankment on Atkinson, tossed the dog over a 10 to 12 foot embankment and continued up Atkinson.
The driver of the truck was observed getting out, reaching over the side of the bed, picking up and tossing him over.
The driver, is male and was wearing a camo jacket and a ball cap.
If anyone has any information that might lead to the prosecution of this guy, please call us 812-534-3090. There is a reward of over $500 to anyone with information leading to charges on whoever did this.