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.
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.
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