KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — The case of the dog that was found with his front paws cut off appears to have been an accident.
According to a news release, issued Friday afternoon, new evidence has been found in the case.
Kanawha County Sheriff’s Deputies say one of the dog’s paws was located on railroad tracks by CSX workers Thursday evening. Then, detectives say they found additional evidence the dog may have been struck by a train, causing the injuries.
Maliki, a pit bull/dachshund mix, was found Tuesday night at his owner’s home in St. Albans.
When the dog was found, deputies say the injuries appeared to have been caused by a cutting instrument or tool, but could also have been caused by the traumatic impact of a train. There were cuts to each of his front legs above the severed paws parallel to one another, and other cuts to his face, according to the release.
Deputies say the case is still not closed and they are continuing to investigate the incident.
“A great number of people and organizations called the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office to volunteer their services,” Sergeant Brian Humphreys said. “Some were willing to form search lines to help look for evidence. Many offered to fund rewards for information. This sad occurrence reveals the great concern people have for innocent animals when they’re believed to be the victims of violence. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office fully investigates incidents of animal cruelty, and we are grateful for the information and offers of assistance.”
The dog was taken to be checked out, but it was determined he should be put down.
UPDATE 6/4/15 @ 11:0 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A reward is now being offered in the case of a dog hurt so badly he had to be put down.
Maliki, a pit bull/dachshund mix, was found Tuesday night with his two front paws cut off. Deputies say it appears they were cut by some type of an instrument.
It happened along Hampshire Drive in Jefferson.
The Humane Society of the United States announced Thursday that its now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person and/or persons responsible for the incident.
Saint Albans native Christopher Ayash, who works on abused animals with his wife, is also donating $5,000 to the cause.
“What other things have they done? What are they going to do next? And that’s what made me think, ‘what can we do to help,'” asked Ayash.
Cabell County native Katie Lee from the Food Network is also matching that reward. Ms. Lee issued a statement about the decision to match the $5,000 reward.
“Like most people, when I heard the story of this heinous crime of animal abuse, I was truly horrified. As an animal lover and a West Virginian, I want to see the perpetrator caught and justice brought for poor Maliki and owner Jessica Bennett. The Humane Society of the United States is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons involved in the incident and I would like to match that, bringing the reward to $10,000. We cannot have a person who would commit such a crime to a helpless animal free in our community.”
Deputies say several people have suggested this may have been an accident involving train or farm equipment, but examinations show the injuries were not a result of such an accident.
If you have any information, you’re urged to call 304-357-0169 or submit a tip on the Sheriff’s Department website by clicking the link.
But the overall abuse problem is sadly more rampant than most people like to believe.
Bethany Hively works at the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association.
What breaks your heart, is hearing, animal abuse cases she sees everyday. Cases that never make the news.
Hively says the Kanawha Charleston Humane Association alone deals with on average nine dog abuse cases every single month.
The good news, almost all the abused animals can be nurtured back to health
Take sophia, who had an untreated infection.
“She was literally bleeding from her face,” said Hively.
However, now, she’s full of life. Just another reason to step up and help those who can’t help themselves.
If you suspect animal abuse, pick up the phone and make that call.