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Police seek dog’s killer


October 23, 2012
Morning Journal News

Police are seeking information regarding the beating death of a family dog over the weekend.

Leetonia police responded to a home at 408 Columbia Street at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday where the homeowner reported someone had killed his dog that had been chained to its doghouse in the backyard near an alley.

According to Police Chief John Soldano, the dog, a beagle mix approximately 8 years old, had apparently been bludgeoned on the head with a large rock that was recovered nearby with traces of blood still on it. Officer Brian Deack and Assistant Fire Chief Dave Leffel responded to the complaint and examined the dog, found to be dead. There was reportedly blood from the nose and mouth, and it appeared to have bitten its tongue as there was vomit and blood nearby, Soldano said. The dog was taken by the family to a private veterinarian for further examination, the results of which are still pending.

Soldano said the Humane Society of Columbiana County has been contacted and that the two agencies are working together to try to find the perpetrator. "We're looking at all ends of it and currently processing the information," he said.

Considering the calf that was found burned earlier this month in Lisbon, the dog's death is of notable concern, Soldano added. "It's very, very disturbing...there's just no cause for it," he said. "We certainly are hoping to find out who did this...(and) get them prosecuted."

Anyone with any information regarding the incident should contact the Leetonia Police Department at 330-427-6731.

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