A Laurens dog owner is mourning the mutilation and death of her dog, Fox Carolina reported December 19.
Toby was a sweet little Terrier belonging to Paula Culbertson of Laurens, SC. Toby slipped out the back door and escaped in early December. Paula wasn't home at the time and received a phone call from her frantic husband. She told him not to worry about Toby, thinking her little dog would return home and would be waiting when she returned home after running errands.
Toby didn't come home and his family went in search of him. They believed a dog in heat in their neighborhood is what prompted the escape. The next day Paula heard dogs barking in a fiend behind her home. She went to investigate and found him dead. Paula wrapped her little dog in a blanket and took him home. That's when she discovered the horrific act that had been done to her dog. In an interview with Fox Carolina, Paula stated
"As I unfolded the towel his little legs fell apart. And, when they fell apart I just went hysterical and I said, 'Oh my God, they cut his private part off.'"
It was obvious someone had taken Toby's life, so Paula contacted Animal Control, who then told her to contact Laurens County Public Works.
Director of Public Works, Scott Holland, told Fox a person of interest was questioned in the neighborhood. This person expressed sympathy for little Toby, but denied any wrongdoing. Since Paula only had a suspicion and no factual evidence, there are no grounds for any legal action at this time.
Pet owners need to be made aware of how many cases of animal cruelty have occurred this year. Whether the actual number of abused animals has increased, or social media bringing these cases to the public eye, it's a good idea to keep your pets inside.