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Portage County APL investigating animal abuse case in Ravenna

By Mike Sever | Staff Writer Published: March 7, 2013 4:00 AM

The Portage County Humane Officer and Ravenna police are looking into the death of a female pit bull found Tuesday evening wrapped in coaxial cable and dumped in a ditch off Hazen Avenue near Meridian Street.

The dog was seen at about 6:30 p.m. by a passerby who called Ravenna police. Capt. David Rarrick said the dog was down a four- to five-foot drop off and hidden from roadway view.

"It had been there a couple of weeks at least," Rarrick said. No collar or tags were found with the dog.

According to the Portage Animal Protective League, the television cable "was tightly embedded" in the dog's neck and extra cable wrapped around the animal. "Based on her body condition, she had also been drug by a vehicle," said Chalan Lowry, APL executive director.

The dog was described as a brown, female pit bull with some white markings on its chest and neck, that had a litter or two. The dog has been named Mercy "which is what she deserved but did not receive," Lowry said.

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Police and the APL are asking anyone with information on the dog or its owner to contact them.

Rarrick said police do not know if the dog was stolen or running loose before it died. He said anyone with information on the dog or its owner should call police. To contact the Ravenna Police Department, call 330-296-6486. Rarrick said callers should refer to the dog found March 5 at 18.25 hours behind 644 S. Chestnut St.

The APL also is investigating the incident as animal abuse and is looking for information on the abusers. To contact the APL, call 330-296-4022, ext. 102.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125

or msever@recordpub.com

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danyelle Mar 7, 2013 10:10 AM

This is so sad and sick makes me want to puke :(

sydney Mar 7, 2013 7:26 AM

How can the PAPL be investigating? They don't even have a Humane Officer anymore! That's right, they fired the one who did his job, the second one quit because they wouldn't let him do his job! Now they have a person who takes care of the dogs who is not a sworn officer or has any formal training running around the county claiming she is a humane officer! The counrty needs to take the PAPL over and run it like it needs to be. Even if the PAPL wouild have found this poor dog alive they would just put it down as they do not take in Pit bulls at the PAPL. I really feel sorry for this poor dog and the killer should be brought to justice, however, Ohio Laws dogs are property and can be disposed of! That's right, property, not a living breathing animal! Even if convicted, it's a slap on the wrist if that!

Sydney Harrison, Kent, OH

kerirobey Mar 7, 2013 7:22 AM

I hope you find the people that did this and they deserve just what they did to this poor dog.... wrap a cable around their neck and drag them around behind a car.... What the **** is wrong with people.... maybe if we had stiffer penalties for animal cruelty cases this would cut down on this... an eye for an eye.... Just let me have 1 hour with these people.. please

ezzy Mar 7, 2013 6:46 AM