Officers were dispatched on Monday evening at approximately 5:230 p.m. to the area of Greenwood Boulevard and Lou Ida Drive in Neosho in reference to animal abuse. Officers found a female beagle with approximately 75% of its' skin removed while still alive. According to reports, the animal either escaped or was released in this condition. Officers caught the injured animal and after consulting veterinary staff, determined that the animal had to be euthanized to end its' suffering. The dog came from the area of Hilldale Drive in the same neighborhood where local residents reported it.

Further investigation found that the dog escaped from the owner's residence in the 1300 block of Lou Ida Drive while the owner was out of town at a sporting event.

Through the generosity of the Newton County Sheriff, Chris Jennings, and several anonymous citizens a $1000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) involved is offered. Sheriff Jennings has also graciously offered the assistance of his department during this investigation.

Donations are still being accepted and can be made at Neosho City Hall. The amount has increased with donations.

The NPD has released information stating that the dog's skin was removed surgically with a knife. At this time, they are following tips from the public.

If anyone has any information on this case please contact the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012 or The Newton County Sheriff’s Department at 417-451-8300.