Disgusting and shocking. That’s what some are calling Wichita’s latest case of possible animal cruelty.
KSN’s Sara Berlinger talked with several advocates working on the case on why this investigation is difficult to crack.
They told us initially, there was no indication that the dog was injured other than possibly being hit by a car. It wasn’t until the next day that they received information that the dog had possibly been involved in fighting, killed and dumped. Warning, some of the images you are about to see are graphic and disturbing.
Chris Hagman can often be found at home, with his two boxers, Annie and Maggie.
“Annie can you sit girl, good girl,” said Chris Hagman, Wichita.
He’s a passionate member of the Wichita Animal Services Advisory Board and has been involved in the city’s latest animal cruelty case.
“I had gotten a phone call from a friend,” said Hagman.
That friend captured this image that shows a dog lying on its back with old scars, and what authorities now believe to be a gunshot wound to the head.
“I was shocked, I was disturbed,” said Hagman.
Hagman says he sent it to the Wichita Animal Action League to get answers. Looking at it, member Sarah Coffman says she recognized what she professionally believes to be a dog used in fighting, who outlived its usefulness, and was executed.
“To know that this dog probably suffered everyday of her life before being killed it’s not easy,” said Sarah Coffman, Wichita Animal Action League.
She contacted Wichita Police, and cruelty investigator Heather Frazier is now handling the case. But with no body and little information, they will need tips.
“If you got a tag number, if you can give us a better description of the vehicle, the person that they may have seen drop the dog off, anything like that that would help us,” said Lt. Brian Sigman, Wichita Police Animal Services.
Wichita Crime Stoppers and WAAL with the help of donor Jonathan Endicott are offering an award of up to 5,500 dollars for any tips leading to an arrest. Hagman hopes they find who’s responsible, and that the investigation opens the community’s eyes to the realities of animal cruelty.
“This is a real problem in Wichita it could be happening in your own backyard and you don’t even know it,” said Hagman.
Authorities say a family has come forward saying it may be their dog, and they are looking into that. But they ask anyone with information on what may have happened to her to contact Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.