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Necropsy reveals that pup found in the snow had been shot and abused

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According to a news release issued Monday by the Ohio SPCA, the deceased dog who was discovered in Ross County, Ohio, one week ago did not freeze to death, but was instead, shot.

According to the release:

An investigation conducted by the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ohio SPCA) has confirmed that the black and white 6-9 month old Pit Bull pup was shot.

The female pup was found on Feb. 17 by a man who discovered a mangled dog cage, and the dog's body, near a "no dumping" sign on a remote road.

Results of the necropsy reveal that the pup, dubbed "Jane," was likely abused.

Teresa Landon, Ohio SPCA Executive Director stated:

“Results of the necropsy have confirmed that the dog, now named Jane, died from a bullet wound that penetrated the thoracic wall, lungs, and heart,”

Liver fractures also indicate that Jane most likely sustained blunt force trauma to her abdomen.

We are of the opinion that Jane was physically abused prior to being shot and killed.”

The pup appears to have been transported in the cage to the remote road and shot inside of the cage. Investigators believe that her thrashing freed her from the wire crate and she died from her injuries just feet from where she had been dumped.

A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for Jane's death.

Landon stated:

“We all want the person who abused and killed this Pit Bull pup to be found and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Instead of contacting a shelter or rescue for help, this person chose to abuse and kill Jane,”

Anyone having information about what happened to this dog or who its owner is, should contact the Ohio SPCA by email at, by phone at 740-420-2984, or through their website:

Prior story about this situation here.

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