On Sunday morning, a representative from The Lexus Project helped to exhume the body of a dog allegedly stolen on Jan. 15, 2012 from the Toledo, Ohio yard of his former trainer. According to the Toledo Blade, the dog has now been positively identified as a Dogo Argentino who was rescued from New York City after having been allegedly involved in a well-publicized murder trial.
Animal advocates and The Lexus Project, a New York law firm who helps dogs wrongly accused in danger of death find justice, had been searching for "Bones" for the last nine months after his trainer, Kathy Sutter stated the dog had been stolen while she attended a funeral. Sutter owned the Northwest Ohio Underdog Rescue, located, at the time, on 4905 Luann Ave., and had been entrusted to care and help train Bones with his aggression issues.
Robin Mittasch, co-founder of The Lexus Project, had questioned Sutter why a police report of a break-in was never filed, why no posters were ever made to find Bones, or why Sutter never contacted local shelters or veterinarians to check on any reports of the missing, very striking looking white dog.
Earlier on Monday, the Lexus Project stated the following on their Facebook page:
"Bones is dead, he was sick, he was never brought to the vet and was starved to death by Kat before Christmas 2012. She made him suffer. She buried him next to her garage, then concocted the story that he was stolen January 5, 2013 hoping to use her father's funeral to divert attention from her crimes. She had people call day, night and the middle of the night giving false sightings knowing that Bones that been dead weeks already..."
A necropsy of the dog uncovered in the garage area of the property confirmed the identity of Bones on Monday morning by his micro-chip.
The tragedy of the dog named "Bones" began in November 2011 when his human Shaun Dyer, killed his roommate David Shada. An autopsy revealed dog bites on Shada's body leading authorities to think that Dyer ordered his dog to attack Shada. The Lexus Project took over Bones' case and eventually won him his freedom; the dog was sent to Sutter's facility where he would be trained with the 16 other dogs at the rescue.
Sutter's rescue had been recommended to The Lexus Project; there had been no bad reports online. For awhile photos were sent to Robin about Bones, but when January rolled around and Bones went missing, suspicions grew.
Monday's news release by The Lexus Project also states other dogs' bodies were found in Sutter's previous backyard; she has since moved alleging harassment by animal rights group members. The bodies of a malamute believed to have been named Sasha, another dog named Bear, and five other rescue and adoption groups who sent dogs to Sutter, have now notified the law firm they are looking for their dogs also.
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Please notify the following agencies and respectfully ask for an investigation into the deaths of these dogs:
"Please Call the Toledo Ohio police department.419-245-3340
Tell them how you feel about Ms. Katherine Sutter and the killing fields at 4905 Luann Drive, Toledo Ohio
Call animal warden. Julie Lyle @ 419-213-2800 about the dogs that are still buried at the house.
Animal control in Woods County where she now lives.
Chief Warden, Andrew Snyder 419-354-9367
Deputy warden, Rodney Cook 419-354-9093
Deputy warden, Nora Davis, 419-354-9239
Deputy warden, Justin Gallagher, 419-373-4947"