Police investigating dog found emaciated, covered in wounds


WELLINGTON, Kan. (KSNW) – Wellington police are investigating a possible case of dog abuse.

Police took the dog, now named Clementine, into their custody in late December. Since then, police said they have been investigating and conducting interviews.

“We are just trying to get to the bottom of how these injuries were caused,” said Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath.

Heath would not go into details about the case or the injuries the dog suffered, however when KSN saw the dog on Tuesday she had wounds on a majority of her body and she appeared to be emaciated.

“Certainly the dog has some spots on its skin that are in question,” said Heath.

Three veterinarians have treated the dog since December, according to police. She is currently at a Wichita veterinary clinic and in the care of Beauties and Beasts Rescue, Inc.

“We will make sure she doesn’t have to feel pain again. She never deserved it,” said Beauties and Beasts Board Member Randi Carter.

Carter said Clementine underwent leg surgery on Tuesday to fix an old injury. She believes the dog was abused, and possibly burned with some sort of chemical.

“There’s definitely some type of trauma to the skin, something has happened, something caused this. This isn’t mange or any kind of medical. We have had her skin completely looked at medically, so something has definitely happened,” Carter said.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police told KSN they plan to present a criminal case to the Sumner County Attorney.

“We want to provide as much information to the county attorney’s office so that when he gets to the point to make an informed decision, he will have all of that information at his disposal,” said Heath.

Beauties and Beasts, Inc. is raising funds for the dog. You can donate by clicking here.

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