Reward issued for info in decapitated dog deaths

Posted at 5:35 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 17:35:00-04

HAMILTON, Ohio — The Hamilton Police Department and Animal Friends Humane Society are offering a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the death of two pit bulls that were found decapitated on railroad property between Urban and G Streets earlier this week.

Hamilton police Sgt. Ed Buns said the reward — which is $500 — was made possible by an anonymous donor who is associated with the Animal Friends Humane Society, according to The Journal-News.

The dogs were discovered Sunday, but police were not made aware of it until 9:43 a.m. Tuesday. When officers arrived on the scene, Hamilton police Sgt. Ed Buns said that only the remains of one of the dogs was found, but a photo of the second dog appeared later on social media, showing that it had also been decapitated at the same location.

Hamilton police are still looking into leads. Hamilton detectives assigned to the case learned that one of the deceased dogs is a 2-year-old pit bull named Scrappy and belonged to Ramsey Street resident Kari Walters, who told police that a friend had taken ownership of the animal late last month. The animal reportedly had escaped its enclosure before it was found dead at the railroad tracks.

Scrappy had previously bitten a 9-year-old neighbor’s daughter earlier in the summer, but it was determined after an investigation that the dog had been teased by a group of young children playing in Walters’ backyard. The children has been spraying water in the dog’s face and it bit the girl when she got too close to it.

Buns said the second dog was identified as Deno, and its owner lived a short distance from the tracks and had been on the loose as well.

Currently, detectives have not deemed the dogs’ death as suspicious, but are looking into any tips or leads that have been provided, according to Sgt. Buns.

The police investigation into the both dogs’ death at the railroad crossing is ongoing. Anyone with information can call the Detective Section at 513-868-5811, ext. 2002.