On Sunday, the remains of a dog named "Bones," were recovered from the yard of a woman who had been entrusted with his care, reported Monday's Toledo Blade.
A widespread search for Bones, a Dogo Argentino, began in January 2013 after his care-taker, Kathy (Kat) Sutter, reported that the dog had been stolen from her residence in Toledo, Ohio.
Bones had been sent to Sutter's rescue agency, Northwest Ohio Underdog Rescue Inc., in Toledo, Ohio, after being released from a lengthy incarceration; Bones had been held by New York authorities after being seized following a murder case involving his former guardian.
The Lexus Project, an animal advocacy agency, had sent Bones to Sutter after he was released from custody; Sutter was reported to be an "expert" in dealing with dogs who had aggression issues.
On Sunday evening, the Lexus Project released the following statement about Bones' demise:
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.
The Lexus Project began digging in Sutter's backyard after receiving a tip. Tragically, the agency had no indication that Sutter posed a threat to Bones prior to sending the dog to reside in her care.
The agency stated:
We truly believed we were doing the right thing sending bones to Kat. We had 2 outside references and nothing was on the internet to dispute the references. We got pictures and happy texts with positive updates from Kat up until September of 2012.
It was only after Bones went missing that everyone seemed to know what a monster he went to. Everyone except those 2 references. I pray they open their eyes now.
The Lexus Project believes that other dogs died at Sutter's hands and that they are also buried in her backyard.
On the agency's Facebook page, the following urgent request was posted:
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
And call the humane society because Kat has dogs NOW. And we are VERY, VERY concerned about these dogs. 419-891-9777
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