Update 6.18.18:

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Authorities continue to look for tips after one dog was killed and another was critically injured in an apparent abuse case from Memorial Day weekend.

Mercer County Humane Society


Animal rights organization PETA is offering an $8,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest. PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien described the crime as “horrific”.

“PETA urges anyone with information about these violent crimes to come forward immediately so that whoever tormented them can be found and stopped from hurting anyone else.”

The deceased dog’s body was found along Thornton Road on May 27.

Original 6.11.18:

PRINCETON, W.Va. — Multiple agencies continue to look for tips following a graphic animal cruelty case that happened Memorial Day weekend.

Officials at Virginia Tech’s College of Veterinary Medicine confirmed through an autopsy that one dog was “dragged, stabbed and partially skinned”. A second dog found was also abused but survived.

“These atrocious acts were violent and savage in their nature. Both of these dogs suffered acute physical pain. The survivor, Lexi, is currently struggling to regain her mental well-being and sense of safety. As a rational, responsible community it is prudent that we stand together and make it known these acts of intense cruelty are intolerable and unacceptable,” said the Mercer County Humane Society in a release.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at 304-487-8364.

You can also contact the Mercer County Humane Society’s 24-hour tip line at 304-460-8628.

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