Suspect sought in torture death of southeast Missouri dog

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 7:41 a.m. CDT; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MARBLE HILL — Authorities in southeast Missouri are looking for whoever subjected a dog to an especially brutal death.

Bollinger County Sheriff Leo McElrath told KFVS-TV that someone dragged the pit bull behind a vehicle, tied it to a pole and set it on fire. The crime was reported by a man who spotted the dog Saturday morning on a county road near Marble Hill.

McElrath said his deputies were sickened by the dog's condition and buried it where they found it. The sheriff also said he hopes the death wasn't associated with a dog-fighting ring.

Marilyn Neville, of the Bollinger County Stray Project, called the torture a violent way to get rid of a dog.

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