Warning: This story contains graphic photos.
Neal Rodgers of Vinemont, Alabama had two beagles and after hunting the previous weekend he allowed them to run loose in a rural part of Vinemont located on County Road 1428.
Sunday morning, when he went to feed his dogs, an alarming sight greeted him. His three year old beagle, Anne, showed up bleeding.
Initially he thought she may have been hit by a car but it only took a moment to realize the truth, someone had actually skinned her!
“I can’t imagine who would do this. I have had bird dogs for years and never had anything like this happen,” Neal said describing the skinning as the way a hunter would skin a deer.
Anne had her coat removed from the nape of the neck to the base of the tail and down to the nipple line, all of which was done while she was alive.
“It is inhumane and I just can’t imagine anyone doing that to a living creature. I am just flabbergasted. I think whoever did this should be tied up and skinned,” said Janet Rodgers, Neal’s wife.
Their second beagle, Buttercup, was also injured but thankfully escaped with just some minor lacerations around the neck and shoulders.
The Rodgers took both of their dogs to Bruce Lee’s veterinary clinic. Lee said in his more then 21 years as a vet, he’s never seen anything more gruesome.
“By far this is the most extreme case [of animal cruelty] I have ever seen,” Lee said. “I was not prepared for what I had to see. This was a totally awful sight.”
Due to the lack of skin available for grafts, Anne had to be euthanized.
“How can this be OK?” Lee said. “The only reason someone would do this is out of extreme torture. The amount of torture involved is incomprehensible. It is a brutal and hideous crime, and I hope I never have to see anything like it again.”
Janet Rodgers asked anyone with information to call the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 734-0342.
Sheriff Tyler Roden said the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case and said more details will be made available when the investigation concludes. Roden said the act is a Class C Felony charge and carries a fine up to $5,000 and up to 10 years in prison.
To say that this story appalls me does not even begin to describe how I feel. Someone who could do something like this to an innocent and defenseless animal is a serious danger!!
Source – Cullman Times
UPDATE – 11/28/07
Reward Offered in the Case of Anne, the Beagle Skinned Alive
Cullman County officials announced a reward would be offered for any information leading to the arrest in a case of animal cruelty. Police say a beagle was skinned alive and the dog’s owners are outraged.
Since this horrific incident the sheriff’s office has been besieged with call from worried residents and the investigation is ongoing.
Two beagles have been donated to the Rodgers’ family to help them cope with the loss of Anne.
And donations have come in from animal advocacy groups and residents totaling more than $6000 to be used as a reward.
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Cullman Area Animal Welfare Association President Linda Morgan said the Justice for Annie fund, which was set up Monday with fellow animal lovers Friends of Cullman Animal Shelter (FOCAS), has grown from $200 to more than $6,000 in the last two days. She said she hopes it will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for skinning the three-year-old beagle, Anne.
Cullman County Sheriff Tyler Roden said he was pleased to see residents of Cullman along with PETA, which has issued a $2,500 reward, and the American Humane Society and Friends of Cats and Dogs Foundation, which offered a $1,000 reward, get involved to help capture the perpetrator.
“We are very pleased to receive support from a variety of organizations and residents,” Roden said. “It is encouraging and I hope it will help bring this case to a successful conclusion.”
Roden said the sheriff’s office is actively investigating the case and once autopsy results from the animal are available, the information will be made public.
Roden asked anyone with information about the case to call investigators at 734-0342 or the secret witness tip-line at 734-0210. (Cullman Times)