LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Alleged animal abuse so severe officials called it one of the worst cases they've ever seen. But now, the investigation is revealing some surprising twists and turns.
Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) now says the mutilated animal found dumped behind a gas station Monday afternoon may not be a dog after all.
Officials responded to reports of a dead dog behind a gas station on Valley College Drive Monday.
"Unfortunately we did find an animal in pretty horrible condition," says Margaret Brusko of LMAS. "Upon their initial review of the situation, the animal looked like a German Shepherd mix."
By Tuesday, initial test results revealed the animal may not be domestic.
If the animal does turn out to be wild, and was legally hunted, abuse charges wouldn't apply.
"If you have a license to hunt or trap then you can kill that animal and use the parts of the animal," says Brusko.
But Kentucky Fish and Wildlife says hunted or not, finding wild game in such a disturbing state isn't indicative of how most hunters practice.
Ultimately, if the person responsible is found, they will face illegal dumping charges at the very least.
The necropsy should be complete in a few days. At that point we'll find out what type of animal--domestic or otherwise--this was.
If the animal is wild, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife will take over the investigation.
The Humane Society of the United States is still offering a $5,000 reward for tips that lead to an arrest or conviction.
If you have any tips that could lead to an arrest, you should call (502) 363-6609
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