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Dog, stabbed multiple times, had painted nails; police call case ‘disturbing’

Belleville police released this photo of the painted nails on one of the paws of the pit bull found dead in the 400 block of Catawba Avenue.
Belleville police released this photo of the painted nails on one of the paws of the pit bull found dead in the 400 block of Catawba Avenue. Belleville Police Department

Belleville police on Wednesday were asking for the community’s help to solve an animal-cruelty case in which a dog was repeatedly stabbed.

Capt. John Moody said a city worker called the department at 8:18 a.m. Wednesday to report a dead dog found in a wooded area in the 400 block of Catawba Avenue.

The dog was found with a plastic bag tied around its neck and appeared to have been strangled. The dog had suffered multiple stab wounds to its sides, legs and chest.

Belleville Police said the dog found dead was a 1- to 2-year-old female black pit bull mix with white coloration under the chin, stomach and paws. Police said the dog was “seemingly well fed” and its nails had been painted yellow and pink. The dog was not spayed and had not had puppies in its lifetime. The dog’s body underwent a preliminary examination at a local veterinarian.

Police also said the pit bull mix might have been wearing a black leather collar along and a white flea collar.

“Basically, this is very disturbing cruelty to an animal, and we are looking for the help of the community,” Moody said.

“We are investigating this as a cruelty to animal case,” Moody said. “... We are not releasing photos ... It’s to a degree that is very disturbing.”

Anybody with information about the case or the owner of the dog can call Belleville Police Department at 618-234-1212 or CrimeStoppers at 866-371-8477.

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