As animals lovers community-wide struggle to understand the circumstances that led to members of the Conway Police Department being called to investigate the mutilation of a dog found in a dumpster, two groups have stepped up to lend their support.
Officials with the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter (FOCAS) and the Humane Society of Faulkner County have each decided to put up a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of whoever is responsible for the dog’s death.
Judi Standridge, volunteer with the Humane Society said that her group has seen this method work in the past, and they are hoping it will work in this case.
"We have seen where money is a motivating factor in someone coming forward with information, so we are hoping it works in this case," she said. "This is a horrible case and we really want to bring the issue of animal abuse to the forefront of people’s minds. We are exposed on a regular basis to animal abuse and neglect but the general public might not understand how common and tragic this situation is."
Chris Quinn, president of FOCAS, said her group wanted to become involved because they also want to see someone held responsible for this crime.
"This is most definitely a horrifying case and we want someone to be held accountable for their actions," she said.
The situation came to light on Monday when an officer was called to 521 Merriman St. by animal control officers after the dog was found. The dog had been skinned from its head to its back legs. The animal had wire inserted in its back legs where it had been hung up to be skinned and its front legs had been cut off. They were also found in the dumpster. At the time, officials with the department said that the animal did not have any signs of being shot or killed in any other way before it was skinned.
Officer Sean Canady said that as the investigation continues, the department is hoping for someone to come forward with information that may help provide a lead in the case. Investigators are working with local business owners in the area to determine if they or their employees saw anything that may help identify those responsible for the animal’s death.
Investigators are also asking for anyone with information into the incident to contact the department at 450-6130 or text a tip to 274637 (CRIMES) using keyword ‘Conway’.
(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be contacted at 505-1238 or at firstname.lastname@example.org)