Police: Dog not thrown from vehicle, but severely neglected and dumped

Animal Cruelty Case

CRAWFORD COUNTY, Kan. – Crawford County authorities determine a dog wasn’t thrown from a vehicle, but had been severely neglected and dumped near the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. They are still investigating the animal cruelty case.

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On July 16, 2020, investigators with the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office responded to the SEK Humane Society about a dog at that location that had been severely neglected and possibly thrown from a moving vehicle.

Humane Society staff told investigators that a red healer breed dog appeared to have been thrown from a vehicle as the vehicle drove by the facility on July 13. They reported that the dog survived, but that it had several indicators of severe neglect. Humane Society staff reported that a possible vehicle of interest in the matter was a red-in-color Chrysler PT Cruiser.

The Crawford County Sheriff’s Office says they found the vehicle wasn’t a Chrysler PT Cruiser, but that it was similar in body style. They found the owners of the vehicle in question and determined the driver that Humane Society staff saw drive by their facility was a passerby that had stopped to check on the red healer.

Investigators determined that no one at the Humane Society actually saw the dog being thrown from a vehicle. Authorities say they established that the dog had been severely neglected and dumped in the area of the humane society.

The Southeast Kansas Humane Society is nursing the red healer, which has come to be known as “Sunshine,” back to health.

The Sheriff’s Office stated in a release, “Cruelty to Animals is defined in Kansas State Statute 21-6412 as knowingly abandoning any animal in any place without making provisions for its proper care, or as having physical custody of any animal and knowingly failing to provide care as is needed for the health and wellbeing of such kind of animal. This incident remains under investigation as a suspect in the matter has not been identified. Anyone having information related to this crime, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 620-724-8274.”