A facial photo of the beagle victim (edited for public view by NPD ) is being provided in hopes someone witnessed the injured dog leaving the suspect location or heard the assault take place.

Support is high, but leads are low in a Neosho, Missouri dog abuse case.

​​Officers got a call about the dog abuse in September. They arrived to find a beagle that had been skinned. It was still alive. The Neosho Police Department says detectives are working leads as they are called in, however, nothing has been substantiated.

Authorities are getting several calls of support from all over the county. The department says $15,000 has been raised by Neosho residents and others from across the US.

The reward is in addition to the $15,000 offered by the National Humane Society.

The Neosho Police Department thanks everyone for the support and says “we will continue to diligently work investigative leads as we receive them.”

On September 23rd, around 5:30 pm, Neosho Police Officers responded to the area of Greenwood Blvd and Lou Ida drive in reference to animal abuse.

When officers got there, they found a female beagle that had about 75% of its skin removed while still alive.

According to police, the animal either escaped from the assault or was set free in this condition.

Officers caught the injured animal. After consulting veterinary staff, police say the dog had to be euthanized to end its suffering.

The dog had come from the area of Hilldale Drive when it was called into police by local residents.

After further investigation, detectives say they learned the dog’s owner lived in the 1300 block of Lou Ida Drive. They say the dog had escaped from its home while the owners were away.

Police say when the owners left town, the dog was not in its mutilated state.

A facial photo of the beagle victim (edited for public view by NPD) was provided in hopes someone witnessed the injured dog leaving the suspect location or heard the assault take place.  ​​

If anyone has any information on this case please contact the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012 or The Newton County Sheriff’s Department at 417-451-8300.

 

By Stacie Strader | KOAM News Now