NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The Humane Society issued a city-wide animal abuse alert after a dog was found beaten and burned inside New Orleans City Park, according to Humane Society Director Jeff Dorson.
Dorson says a woman walking her dog earlier this month on the loop trail at Scout Island in City Park discovered the carcass of a dog which had been deliberately thrown in a fire and "cooked".
The fire pit was located near a road that meets Harrison Avenue at the traffic circle. Next to the pit was an empty bag labeled "premium cooking wood." The dog's body was found in the middle of a fire pit that had been started with 2 x 4 boards. The immediate area was surrounded by empty beer cans and a few candles. Dorson says the ashes were still warm when the fire pit was discovered.
The witness took several photos of the scene before contacting the Humane Society of Louisiana. The humane organization took possession of the carcass, which was later delivered to the LSU Vet School Diagnostic Lab for testing.
Veterinary pathologists conducted a necropsy on the body of the dog and discovered the animal was an adult male terrier-type, possibly a Jack Russell Terrier. The cranium was fractured in many places. However, this could have been either a result of repeated blows from a blunt object or from the bursting of the cranium from the heat of the fire. Additional tests have been ordered to try and determine the exact cause of death and if the dog had expired prior to being placed in the fire;
The shelf of bone (nasal bone) that separates the right and left nasal passages was broken and the dog's lower right jaw was broken in half across its length. The dog had been pierced or speared in two places with an elongated object. The first puncture wound was in the middle of the back into the abdominal cavity while the second puncture wound entered the base of the tail.
Due to the acts of torture and abuse, the Humane Society of Louisiana is issuing its first ever city-wide 'Animal Abuse Alert' and is asking the public to please notify the Humane Society of Louisiana of any tips or leads on this case and to be vigilant regarding other cases of neglect or abuse in the city and the surrounding areas. A crime of this nature would constitute a charge of aggravated cruelty, since it involves the deliberate torture, maiming and mutilation of an animal.