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Injured dog dumped in ditch north of Wichita dies

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 4:24 PM CDT
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Update Wednesday night, Oct. 16, 2019

Wichita Rescue Beauties and Beasts Inc. reports the dog found Tuesday morning dumped by the side of the road north of Wichita, has died from its injuries.

The dog, named Steele after the officer who found it, died Wednesday night.

Rest in eternal peace sweet Steele. 🌈 Run free of the pain and suffering. So sorry. 😥 We will always love you....

Posted by Beauties and Beasts, Inc. on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

In its effort to save Steele, Beauties and Beasts raised more than $5,000.

Beauties and Beasts, Inc. Founder and President Amy Heggestad says Steele went septic earlier Wednesday and lost function to his liver and kidneys.

Steele was getting care at the emergency vet hospital where cases like his are not rare.

Steele was found with multiple wounds on his face, and the rescue believes he might have been used for fighting. They say Steele is one of a handful of dogs that was dumped they'll care for this year.

Heggestad says often when the rescue learns about cases of animals abandoned and injured; it can be too late to save them. That's why Beauties and Beasts say it will use Steele's story as another example of why people need to speak up.

"Cases like this need people, people to speak up and talk," Heggestad says. "Somebody knew Steele. Somebody knew his story, and he can't speak. We're pleading and begging that somebody does talk because they'll be another one."

Dr. Brock Lofgreen, the hospital director of Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital also spoke with Eyewitness News. That's where Steele was receiving care.

Dr. Lofgreen says they sometimes see a case of a dog being bitten almost daily, but the severity of Steele's case is rare.

Heggestad says anyone that comes forward with information on Steele can remain anonymous. Anyone with information is asked to come forward and contact the Police Department at 316-744-6000 or

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Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019

The Bel Aire Police Department is investigating after a dog was found dumped on the side of the road on Tuesday morning.

Police say the dog was found in a ditch on 53rd St. N. between Rock Road and Webb Road here in Bel Aire.

Police say the Heartland Animal Hospital and Sedgwick County Animal Control helped stabilize the dog, which was taken then to a vet to be treated for its injuries.

"Doesn't this just break your heart?" Asked the police department in a Facebook post.

They say they don't know where the came from and how he sustained his injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward and contact the Police Department at 316-744-6000 or

Update: The injured dog from yesterday is not doing well and has been transferred to the Emergency Vet Clinic. Updates...

Posted by Bel Aire Police Department on Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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