Rescue shelter finds skinned dog on NW Minnesota road

The German Shepherd was just 7-months-old.
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The remains of the dog found in NW Minnesota (BMTN has edited the photo due to the graphic nature of the image).

The remains of the dog found in NW Minnesota (BMTN has edited the photo due to the graphic nature of the image).

An animal rescue center is seeking help to find the person responsible for the death of a dog found skinned in the middle of a northwest Minnesota road.

Red Lake Rosie's Rescue, which operates on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, says it found the remains of the 7-month-old German Shepherd, whose owner says was named Smoky, on Mar. 26.

A local veterinarian confirmed that the dog had been skinned, with only its head and pelt remaining when it was found by the rescue on the Ponemah Highway.

Red Lake Rosie's posted a graphic image of the remains on Facebook Monday, which was then shared hundreds of times.

"For over ten years, RLRR has saved hundreds of animals and provided food, shelter, medical care for animals, and educated people about the proper care of animals at every opportunity," the shelter said. "There have been many improvements, but shocking incidents like this still occur."

"People who act with such anger, violence, and cruelty to animals will treat people the same and are a danger in our society," it added.

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The shelter says it has contacted the Red Lake Police Department and is attempting to get the Humane Society of the United States to offer a reward for the capture of those responsible for the dog's mutilation.

It also told Valley News Live that it's not the only recent case of animal cruelty in the area, and intends to release information shortly about an incident in which another dog was stabbed and run over deliberately by a car.

Red Lake PD can be contacted at (218) 679-3313.

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