Officials with the Conway Police Department are investigating the grisly discovery of a dead and mutilated dog in a dumpster behind a local business.

According to La Tresha Woodruff, public information officer for the CPD, an officer was called to 521 Merriman St. on Monday 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. Woodruff said that the animal did not have any signs of being shot or killed in any other way before it was skinned.

“There was no immediate indication that the animal was killed prior to being skinned,” she said. “However, further investigation into the incident will be conducted to determine how the animal was killed and who might have placed the it inside the dumpster.”

Woodruff confirmed that officers are working with business owners in the area in hopes of finding information that might lead to the identity of whoever harmed the animal.

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’.

Woodruff confirmed that while the department has had to investigate allegations of animal cruelty before, investigators have not been made aware of an incident this severe to date.

(Candie Beck is a staff writer and can be contacted at 505-1238 or at