Athena, GReat Daned skinned and mutilatedA Springfield, MO family wants to know what happened to their dog but police say they may never know.  The family went out to run an errand and when their returned to feed their two Great Danes, Athena and Chaos, Athena didn’t show up.

When 18-year-old Sherrie Thompson went to look for Athena, what she found from far from what she ever expected, Athena, skinned and mutilated.

“Her ribs were out and she had no heart.” Thompson said, “It looked like the ribs had been sawed off with an electric saw.”

The family believes someone did this to their dog and they want the person found.

The police, on the other hand, have no evidence that a crime was committed aside from the fact that the dog was skinned.

Springfield Police Officer Grant Story said, “The officer advised the family to take the dog to a vet to see if the animal had been attacked by another dog or likely by a human.”

On follow-up, the police now say they may never know the exact cause of the dog’s death. They didn’t take it to a vet because they say the dog was in such bad condition that a veterinarian could not determine how the animal died.

They also do not have the advanced forensic technology to determine if the dog was alive when it was skinned.

So unless someone comes forward they do not have enough evidence that a crime was committed so they will not be following up.

I would find this extremely disturbing to know that something as horrific as this could happen to a dog in an enclosed yard and no one cared enough to follow up. If it was done by an animal, as terrible as that it, it should be determined. If a person did this, then they definitely need to investigate and do everything they can to find out who.

The pictures are very graphic so I only post the one very small above but I did look at them, hard as it was.  Now I live in WI and at this time of the year, although it is something I really hate to see, seeing skinned deer is not uncommon.  To me, this is what it looked like.  I don’t mean to be overly descriptive but aside from the skin being removed and heart missing, the body was intact.  In other words, it doesn’t look like the dog had been preyed upon.

Does that mean an animal could not have done this?  Not a clue.  I am certainly not in any position to judge but I would certainly want to find out.  If it was a person, they are scary, sick and dangerous. I’m appalled that the police could be so blase’ about this.  Someone really needs to do something here!

I cannot believe they did not send the remains to a lab for a necropsy.  It should be relatively easy for a trained forensic doctor to give some answers, answers that I believe should not go unanswered.  Do people need to worry about a prey animal roaming and killing pets or a very cruel and sick person?  A Great Dane is not a small or passive dog, it would take a serious aggressor to do this… and leave no evidence behind? How will anyone be able to sleep at night not knowing? I sure wouldn’t!

Skinned Dog – *no graphic images on the video*

Follow-up to story on skinned dog

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