Dog burned alive in restroom of Henderson County Fairgrounds

The body of a dog that had been burned alive was found in the men’s restroom at the Henderson County Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon.

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The Henderson Police Department was called to the fairgrounds at 383 Sam Ball Way Sunday at noon. Animal control responded to assist in the investigation.

“Upon observation, it was clear the death had occurred during the night, approximately 12 hours prior to being discovered and that the dog had been intentionally burned alive,” according to a statement released Monday afternoon by Henderson County Animal Control.

The male dog, whose name was Duke, was identified by his rabies tag and matched with a dog who had been reported missing on social media and to the animal shelter. The owner was notified by Animal Control and the HPD.

Duke

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“We are frightened and saddened to know someone capable of such a horrific and inhumane act of torture could potentially strike again. If you have any information, specifically pertaining to any vehicles seen in the Airline Road/Sam Ball Way intersection during the hours of 1-3 a.m. on June 7, please contact the HPD,” the statement from Animal Control said. “We are committed to working along with the public and HPD to bring this vile criminal to justice. This is a felony crime and possible violation of the recently enacted Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. We ask the public to please be vigilant and help us solve this terrible crime urgently. We will not allow Duke to be tortured and lost in vain.”

The Henderson Police Department is asking that anyone with information about the case to call 270-831-1295.

 

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