UPDATE: Police Investigate Gruesome Animal Cruelty Case

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The Charleston Police Department says it has determined the person in a released photo who had been described as somebody wanted for questioning in connection with the animal cruelty case on Madison Street was not involved in the incident. 

Additionally, police now say the dog found killed was a Maltese Pomeranian.

If you have any information about who this case call police at 304-348-8111.


Kanawha County Humane officers and Charleston Police are investigating a gruesome discovery on Charleston’s West Side.

According to dispatchers, a deceased dog was found with its neck wrapped by what police describe as a cloth bathrobe tie near the intersection of Madison Street and Beatrice Street on Charleston’s West Side.

A couple of bloody steak knives were also found near the scene.

Police say the dof appears to have been stabbed in the neck area and strangled with the robe tie.

There are currently no suspects at this time, but Charleston Police and humane officers continue to investigate the scene.

The deceased dog is a small white young male dog, possibly around 10 lbs., with no tags or collar.  If anyone has any information about this incident or if anyone is missing a dog that matches that description, they are asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111. 

The police department is urging pet owners to be diligent about where their pets are at all time and to report any suspicious activity.  

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