UPDATE: New Details About Mutilated Dogs in Sioux Falls
- I'm so grateful these dogs were spared the suffering of being skinned alive.
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From: Katie Walter
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New Details About Mutilated Dogs
We have new information tonight on three dogs whose bodies were found skinned in a field near Southeast Technical Institute. Two of the dogs were Australian Shepherds and the other was a Sheltie. And officials tell us the dogs were killed before they were mutilated.
The dogs were first brought to the Humane Society and were then sent to Brookings for testing and some of the results are back tonight. The pathologist has ruled the dogs weren't alive when they were skinned. He also has some insight on how they may have died.
Tip calls have been pouring into both the Sioux Falls Humane Society and Crimestoppers. And while we now know a little more about how the dogs may have died, the question of who killed, then skinned the three animals is still unanswered.
Rosey Quinn says, "He said they did not die from any type of a weapon, such as a gun or knife. There were no blows to the heads. That just kind of leads us to believe that they were killed in a different way. Maybe poison, some type of drug, we just don't know."
Connie Byrne-Olson, with Sioux Valley Behavioral Health, says people who commit crimes like this are often diagnosed with other problems. Olson says, "Aggression problems, cruelty to people and animals, a very high disregard for authority, very oppositional, does not easily take the word no, does not conform to typical societal norms."
The problems usually begin at an early age and Byrne-Olson says if the person doesn't get help the behavior often gets much worse. "There's a very strong link when we look at serial killers, serial rapists, if you look back in their histories a very high percentage of them will have engaged in this type of behavior as adolescents"
This isn't the first time someone has killed and skinned animals in Sioux Falls. Randy Closs spent 15 years in prison and is now in the Human Services Center in Yankton. The mentally ill man was found guilty of breaking into several homes. But investigators also suspected Closs of mutilating then hanging four dogs in the homeowners' garages. Quinn hopes this isn't the same type of crime spree and that the guilty person is found soon. "I can't stress enough that we need something on this."
Quinn says the United States Humane Society has donated $2500 in reward money for information leading to an arrest. Several other people have also donated money for a reward. If you have any information on this crime, call Crimestoppers.
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