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Police investigate Glen Dale dog incident

Updated: Tuesday, September 10 2013, 08:27 PM EDT

By Jon Rudder

MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va - Officials at the Marshall County Animal Shelter are asking residents to be on alert as police investigate how a dog ended up with gashes on its neck. The incident, whichhappened Sunday evening, left the dog alive but with stitches.

Late Sunday evening a Glendale woman, who has asked not to be named, said she heard a whimper from her dog outside. When she went out to check on her 3-year-old Australian heeler, she noticed a gash on its neck and took it to a local vet.

"When she opened the door it was bleeding from a wound on its' neck, it was a several inch long laceration," Cindy Brautigan, director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter, said. "She took her to the vet and when they clipped and scrubbed the wound they found a puncture wound as well."

Though no one was outside when the dog was injured, Brautigan said that she saw the animal and the injuries sustained mirror those of an attack.

"You can't say definitively that that's what happened, (that) someone did it intentionally," Brautigan said. "It appears the same as the other stories, with their throats being slit because it was on the side of her throat."

The Marshall County animal shelter posted a notification to fans of its' Facebook page last night warning of the potential danger, and Brautigan also offered this piece of advice to anyone whose animal may fall victim to an attack.

"The best thing that I can say is to pay attention." Brautigan said. "Because these people like to brag about these things in their circles of friends and eventually the word gets out most times. Hopefully that will be the case with whoever is doing these horrific things."

Brautigan said that the dog has returned home to its' owner after receiving multiple stitches for the wounds. Police say that they will continue to look into this incident but as of right now they have no leads.

Police investigate Glen Dale dog incident

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