(WBRC) - A dog owner in Alabama believes her pet was skinned alive. The dog was found on the brink of death and in such bad shape, it had to be euthanized.
Chilton County authorities are investigating this horrific incident.
Delana Dunnaway cannot remember "Bama" as the sweet little Chinese pug he was. Instead, there is a disturbing, graphic, and heartbreaking image of her pet etched in her mind.
Dunnaway said, "I hope and pray it goes away but right now every time I think about him. I think about him being nothing but skin, bleeding."
Dunnaway believes someone used a knife to skin her dog.
She says Bama goes in and out through a doggie door and Friday morning, he went out and never came back.
Dunnaway's son-in-law searched for him on their property. He found the 2-year-old pup in a wooded area, bleeding and barely alive.
Dunnaway said, "From the neck down there was nothing but raw meat, nerves, no hair on his legs."
Dennis Potter, a manager at the Calera Animal Hospital, says what happened to the poor dog was not caused by another animal. It was intentional because the cuts were too precise.
Potter says there was nothing that could be done to save his life. Bama was euthanized.
Potter said, "Over 65 to 70 percent of the animal's skin, plus fur were ripped off by a knife. There's no way a body could regenerate that over a period of time. The animal was suffering."
Dunnaway said, "I just don't believe anybody that did this was sick, they were just evil."
And Dunnaway says the person needs to be caught, before this happens to someone else's pet or worse.
Dunnaway adds, "People are thinking it's just a dog well it may have been, but the next step could be a child." Dunnaway strongly believes if this person would do this to a little dog, then they're probably capable of hurting a human being at some point.
The animal's vet says it had trauma to its head, indicating the person who skinned him also hit the dog on the head with a blunt object.
She wants to know why someone would do this.
The state's humane society is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest and conviction of a suspect.