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Jonesboro Police investigating dog torturing, neighborhood reacts

(Source: Jonesboro Police Department) (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department) (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department) (Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

(KAIT) - Jonesboro Police are investigating the dragging of a puppy Thursday night - a case of animal abuse that has outraged many.

"When I first got home it was just sitting there behind that stroller back there," said Justin Martin, who found the five month old Pit Bull puppy outside his front door.

"It wasn't wining. It was just walking around wagging it's tail. I thought it was a stray dog.  I didn't think anything of it," said Martin.

Martin is used to seeing stray dogs around the neighborhood. It wasn't until he saw the bloody paw prints, that he knew something was wrong.

"I came back out here and he was just walking around with all the blood. You know every time it took a step, you could just see the bloody prints. It was pretty bad," he said.

Martin called his wife, who then dialed Jonesboro Animal Control.

"We see minor incidents of animal cruelty quite often, but nothing to this level," said Sergeant Larry Rogers, with JAC.

Rogers suspects the animal was chained to the bumper of a truck or car and dragged until it couldn't keep up any more.

"The skin on the paws was ripped off," he said. "Toe nails were missing in some places. The ones that were still there were worn down to the nub. His genitalia area was torn and ripped back."

The injuries were so bad, Rogers said, they were forced to put the puppy down.

"This type of crime right here severely effects the community," he said.

With two children of his own, Martin just hopes police can track down whoever committed this horrific crime.

"I hate to think I live close to someone who does that to animals. I mean if they can mistreat an animal they could mistreat anybody," he said.

Police say the torturing took place sometime late Thursday or early morning Friday in the Wendy Linda area in north Jonesboro.

Jonesboro Police and CrimeStoppers are offering an undisclosed amount of reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. If you have any information you're asked to please contact CrimeStoppers at 870-935-STOP (935-7867).

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