Dog Found on Side of Ohio Road With Throat Cut, Mouth Duct-Taped: Police

August 25, 2019 Updated: August 25, 2019

Officials in Ohio are investigating after a dog was found with its throat cut and its nose and mouth duct-taped.

The dog, named Dani, was found on the side of the road in Middletown earlier in the month, WXIX reported.

A man spotted the dog about 25 miles southwest of Dayton and took the animal to the veterinarian, said the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

“A gentleman was coming home from work in Middletown and she darted out into the road and he pulled over and was able to get to her,” Shari Wyenandt, with HART Rescue in Cincinnati, added to WXIX. “She had her muzzle taped and she was bleeding from the neck.”

The dog was taken to the veterinarian’s office, and a microchip was found inside the animal. The dog had been rescued in 2011, said official.

“This is appalling, words cannot describe the disgust I’m feeling right now,” Sheriff Richard Jones wrote in a news release. “We will work diligently to find who did this and seek justice.”

Jones also wrote on Twitter that “if this canine looks familiar please contact the Butler County Sheriffs Office so we can solve this Animal Cruelty Case..thank you.”

The Butler County Sheriff’s dog warden is investigating it as an animal cruelty case, and officials are asking for help identifying the dog.

Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s office at 513-785-1000.

Facts About Crime in the United States

Violent crime in the United States has fallen sharply over the past 25 years, according to both the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (pdf).

The rate of violent crimes fell by 49 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the FBI’s UCR, which only reflects crimes reported to the police.

The violent crime rate dropped by 74 percent between 1993 and 2017, according to the BJS’s NCVS, which takes into account both crimes that have been reported to the police and those that have not.

The FBI recently released preliminary data for 2018. According to the Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report, January to June 2018, violent crime rates in the United States dropped by 4.3 percent compared to the same six-month period in 2017.

While the overall rate of violent crime has seen a steady downward drop since its peak in the 1990s, there have been several upticks that bucked the trend. Between 2014 and 2016, the murder rate increased by more than 20 percent, to 5.4 per 100,000 residents, from 4.4, according to an Epoch Times analysis of FBI data. The last two-year period that the rate soared so quickly was between 1966 and 1968.