There are few leads in a terrible animal cruelty case in Washington state - and investigators need your help to discover who brutally killed a family's missing dog. On Monday, Sept. 16, KOMO 4 News reported that a missing dog was found decapitated and burned on some railroad tracks in Centralia, Washington.
The Lewis County Police are searching for the person or persons who killed the dog, named Crom, who was decapitated, wrapped in a sweater, and set on fire.
According to the Centralia Police Department, which discussed this case today, there are no new leads and it remains an open investigation.
Firefighters discovered the doberman-lab-pit bull mix on the railroad tracks near town. Crom's owners, Tim Filer and Michelle Nelson, were devastated over their loss.
"I was hysterical when I saw him. I fell down on the tracks and I just kind of sobbed for a little while," Filer said.
The missing dog had left his home three weeks prior when he chased a cat. Filer and Nelson had been searching for Crom ever since.
"I was pretty worried when he went missing, but then to have to pick him up and bury him," Nelson said.
Firefighters found Crom's head weeks afterward. His collar was still around his neck.
According to the Centralia police, a train did not run over the missing dog. There are few leads in this animal cruelty case.
"It's disgusting that they could do something like that to something that was alive," Filer said.
Filer and Nelson can't think of anyone who would attack Crom. They hope whoever was behind the killing spends a long time behind bars.
Anyone with information about the killing is asked to call Centralia police at 360 330 7680.
Washington state has strong animal cruelty laws to protect the animal. RCW 16.52.205 (animal cruelty in the first degree) is defined as:
(1) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized in law, he or she intentionally
(a) inflicts substantial pain on,
(b) causes physical injury to, or
(c) kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
(2) A person is guilty of animal cruelty in the first degree when, except as authorized by law, he or she, with criminal negligence, starves, dehydrates, or suffocates an animal and as a result causes:
(a) Substantial and unjustifiable physical pain that extends for a period sufficient to cause considerable suffering; or
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