Necropsy shows skinned Gadsden dog killed by animal

Necropsy shows skinned Gadsden dog killed by animal

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Police now believe Skip the dachshund may have been killed in an animal attack rather than by a person. Source: Pruitt family Police now believe Skip the dachshund may have been killed in an animal attack rather than by a person. Source: Pruitt family
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -

Gadsden police said this week the dachshund they believed was skinned alive by a person may have been killed by an animal instead.

A necropsy report for 9-year-old "Skip" showed that the dog died from an animal attack, Gadsden police said Wednesday. The necropsy report conflicts with the initial findings of a local veterinarian, who believed the dog's injuries were inflicted by a human.

"Due to the conflicting reports, detectives are not certain at this time how Skip was killed, and further testing is planned," Captain Regina May with Gadsden PD said in a statement.

The police department said they are de-activating the case for now, and anyone who gave money toward a reward for more information will be refunded. Gadsden's Criminal Investigation Division will get in touch with the people who donated toward the reward and reimburse them.

Police had named a person of interest in the case but he was never charged in Skip's death.

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