JusticeJustice, as the German Shepherd who was found slain and dumped along a rural Fairfield Township road, was dubbed, was found to have been gutted while still alive autopsy results revealed.

Whoever is responsible for killing Justice the German shepherd gutted the dog while the animal was still alive, according to the autopsy report delivered to the Cumberland County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The report, delivered Monday, determined the dog apparently bit off its own tongue as a result of the torture.

“It just makes me sick,” said Bev Greco, SPCA executive director. “It upset me so bad, I’m flabbergasted.”

The cause of death is officially listed as “hemorrhagic shock and death.”

Local veterinarian Amy Granato compiled the analysis with assistance from the Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and an expert in veterinary forensics.

The SPCA believes the injuries were drug-related, but forensic experts were not able to conclusively determine whether there were drugs in the dog’s body, Greco said.

Greco said that would not hamper their investigation.

“That dog was tortured,” she said. “That’s all I need to know.”

The findings were forwarded to the Bridgeton barracks of the New Jersey State Police, where police are heading the investigation to track the dog’s killers.

Justice was found duct-taped and dumped along a rural road in Fairfield Township in May.

• A memorial service for Justice will be held at 10 a.m. July 21 at the SPCA headquarters on Delsea Drive, near Oak Road. The public is welcome. Assemblyman Jeff Van Drew will be the guest speaker.

• Anyone with information about the dog’s death is asked to anonymously contact the SPCA at (856) 691-1500. (Deleware Online)

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