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Reward for information offered after abused dog's body dumped in Wichita

Published: Jan. 17, 2019 at 9:33 PM CST
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The Wichita Animal Action League says the organization and one of its donors and supporters is offering a reward for any tips or information that lead to an arrest in the case of an abused dog's body being dumped in Wichita.

Wichita police say it happened Tuesday near Main and Orme, out in the open near a hotel, a bank and homes.

Friday, Eyewitness News spoke with one man who lives in the area who says he's shocked about what happened and hope police find the person responsible. He said he walks his dog around the area all the time.

WAAL says, together with a donor and supporter, it's offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible.

In addition, the organization says Crime Stoppers of Wichita/Sedgwick County is offering a reward up to $2,500.

"The total potential reward could be $5,500," WAAL says. "...This poor girl was, in our professional opinion from her condition, bred repeatedly, forced to fight, and when she outlived her usefulness, was executed with a gun at point-blank range. As a community, we cannot allow someone who is capable of doing this to live in our community; someone who is cold enough to force a dog to have litter after litter, fight to the death while they cheer and make money, and then when she stops producing pups or loses too many fights, kill her."

Anyone with information on this crime should call Wichita police or Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

"So basically, what we're doing is we're just asking the public if they saw anything," Wichita Police Lt. Brian Sigman says.

Eyewitness News also spoke with the woman who found the dog's body. She says she was in tears when she saw her. She says an older man told her he saw a yellow or lighter-colored station wagon and thinks that vehicle could be involved, but police say they don't have much else in terms of leads in this case.

"It's a bad deal all around," Sigman says. "There's some cruel people in this world and stuff like this just shouldn't be happening."

When she saw the picture of the dog, WAAL founder and Executive Director Sarah Coffman says scars, among other factors are indicators she saw that the dog was used in dog fighting.

She knew this wasn't a simple case of a hit-and-run accident.

"It's really discouraging when organizations like (WAAL) work day in and day out to find happy endings and to know that this dog probably suffered every day of her life before being killed, it's not easy," Coffman says.

She partnered with Jonathan Endicott to offer the up-to-$5,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.

"I just think it's absolutely disgusting," Endicott says. "It truly is my passion to help those who have no voice. In this case, she didn't have a voice, obviously."

With not much evidence to go on, Coffman says tips will be key to solving this case.

"This girl mattered," WAAL says in a Facebook post. "She deserved better. Help us get her justice."