This time, amazingly, the dog survived and officials are learning more with each attack.
MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. -
For pet owners in the Ohio Valley, the nightmare continues as yet another dog has been attacked, with the perpetrator coming into its owner's yard, and slashing and stabbing the animal.
This time, the dog survived and officials are learning more with each attack. It happened in Glen Dale on Sunday night when a woman who adopted her dog from the Marshall County shelter had let the animal outside in the family's fenced-in yard for a brief time. Suddenly she heard the dog yipping at the back door.
The woman then opened the door to a terrible scene.
"She was on the porch bleeding. And she found that she had a slit across her throat. And of course she was bleeding everywhere and she took her to the hospital and they also found a puncture wound," said Cindy Brautigan, Director of the Marshall County Animal Shelter.
The dog, a female 30-pound Australian Heeler, is expected to recover fully, but the incident points out that even fenced-in yards are not stopping the attacks.
"This is serious enough that no one should be leaving their animals out unattended, especially without a fence. And even tied to dog boxes or whatever, I don't think any animal is safe at this point. I would say that they're driving around, choosing randomly," Brautigan said.
Brautigan suspects that it may be a copy-cat crime, rather than the work of the person who abducted and killed three large black dogs in eastern Ohio, leaving their bodies a mile from their homes.
Many in the community say the situation is troubling.
"That's terrible. That's a terrible thing for somebody to do," said Moundsville resident Kathy Redd.
"I think it's horrible. It sounds to me like it's some kind of religious thing," said Donald Chambers of Clarington.
"I think it's horrendous. I think these people love these animals like they're their own children. And I think that's a terrible thing to do," said Diana Beresford of Cameron.
"I think they need to man up if they're doing it. They need to answer for their consequences. I mean these animals, I love my dogs. I'd do just about anything for my dog that I would for my child," said Derek Palmer of New Martinsville.
Dog owners are warned not to leave their pets outdoors unattended, even for a short period.