Investigator talks about disturbing case of animal cruelty in Defiance

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DEFIANCE, Ohio (WTVG) - A northwest Ohio humane society is investigating a shocking case of animal cruelty. We want to warn you that some of the images and information in this story are disturbing.

A call came in to the Fort Defiance Humane Society Wednesday after someone discovered the remains of a dog believed to have been tortured. The Fort Defiance Humane Society handles more than 100 cruelty cases every year. The investigator says this is certainly one of the most disturbing cases in recent years.

Stacie Fedderke is the Director of the shelter and the animal cruelty investigator, "A normal person does not take pleasure in doing something like this to an animal. I will never understand a person who can torture a helpless animal that just wants your love. I believe the person who did this is probably someone the animal trusted at some point."

The medium-sized brown dog was found in a garbage bag with its legs tied together under the Domersville Road bridge yesterday. The other details of what happened to him are difficult to hear, "The dog had been skinned, decapitated and what was left of his head had been crushed. What kind of a person would do this? Animals are not property. They are members of our families. We need to clearly send the message that this is not okay, and we will work hard to find whoever is responsible."

Amber Brown is the Office Manager at the shelter, "This story makes me sick to my stomach. This is not something I am never going to forget in my life, that is for sure."

A post on the shelter's Facebook page has brought a lot of attention to the case with thousands of likes and shares. Amber says that's not why they posted the story. Shelter leaders want people to know things like this happen in their community, "Once we posted the story, it just kept growing. Our phones were blowing up yesterday and that has continued today. This makes you realize social media is a powerful tool to reach so many people. There are people who know something, and hopefully this will help us get some answers."

Stacie says a $2,000 reward is being offered, "Someone knows what happened, and I don't think this is the first time this has happened."

If caught, Stacie says whoever did this will face fines and jail time, "We want to pass the message on that this is not acceptable. We won't have it and we will enforce the law to its fullest."

While the circumstances surrounding this case are not clear at this point, Stacie wants to remind you there are a lot of options if you need help taking care of your pet, even if you don't want the animal anymore,"If you come into our shelter and say no questions asked, I just want to drop off my animal, that is fine. That's why we're here. Our goal is to help people with these situations."

Anyone who can help authorities track down where this dog came from or who is responsible should call Fort Defiance Humane Society at (419) 658-2298. Once again, a $2,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information regarding the responsible party.