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Grisly Discovery In Ditch Near Glenville

Posted at: 05/15/2013 6:56 PM
Updated at: 05/15/2013 7:15 PM
By: Dan Conradt

Tracy Schroer finds dead dog locked in cage
Tracy Schroer finds dead dog locked in cage
Photo: Dan Conradt/ABC 6 News

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's a case of unspeakable cruelty.  Now people want to know "who" and "why".

It was Mother’s Day Sunday morning, about three miles southeast of Glenville. And Tracy Schroer made a grisly discovery.

“I saw the crate in the ditch. I assumed it was just garbage," Schroer said.

But something made her take a closer look.

"And discovered there was a dead pit bull. It appeared he tried to chew his way out of the crate,” Schroer explained.

It was a box barely big enough to hold the dog.

“It had a couple of dishes in it and an old sheet. It was apparently the crate he lived in until he died. I'm guessing he was here for three or four days, but that's based on the fact that I haven't been down this road for about four or five days,"Schroer said.

We’ve chosen to not show pictures of the dog because of their graphic nature. But Tracy Schroer tells us decomposition had begun when she found the remains: “Some bodily fluids. It was unpleasant."

“The suffering of this particular dog was terrible,” said the Mower County Humane Society’s Kelly Rush.

It’s not unusual for people to decide they no longer want a pet. But the owner of this dog handled it in a way that wasn’t just inhumane – it was illegal.

"Time and again we have worked with people who for whatever reason can't keep a pet any more," Kelly Rush told us.

“They sentenced him to death. They locked him in and it only takes a couple of days for a dog to dehydrate and die," Tracy Schroer told us.  “This place where he died was only two feet from a little waterway behind us, and I'm sure he could smell the water he wanted so badly."

The case has been turned over to the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Department for investigation.