Investigators with the Savage, Minn. police have recently released their opinion about what happened to a 4-year-old pit bull named “Cesar,” who was seriously injured last Wednesday.
According to a story reported today by KARE News, the authorities now believe that Cesar was hit by a car, not tortured by a human.
Captain Dave Muelken told KARE News:
“They probably believed the dog was taken and tortured, but the evidence doesn’t support that,”
Cesar’s owners, and the rescue organization, Midwest Animal Rescue & Services (MARS), initially stated that it was their belief that the injuries to Cesar’s back legs were the result of him being abused, tortured in fact, by someone, possibly because of his breed.
Cesar’s owners, and the rescue organization, believed that the wounds were caused by a person in light of their nature. The dog’s legs appeared to have been sliced and there was graffiti on his back.
Police admit that they do not know how the writing got on Cesar’s back.
On Saturday, MARS posted a statement about the Savage police investigators’ findings. A portion of that statement follows:
After conducting our own internal investigation, we have determined that based on the medical records and pictures that are available; we cannot conclusively determine what truly happened to Cesar. However, with our experience and that of an experienced veterinarian, it is our opinion that his injuries are not consistent with an automobile impact.
As we are not professional investigators, it is not in our ability to draw a clear and final evaluation.
Of special note with regards to Cesar’s wounds are the following, as pointed out by MARS, who has been working with the veterinarians who have been treating Cesar:
• Cesar had no broken bones.
• Cesar had no road rash which is inconsistent with a car hit.
• His lacerations did not contain any road debris either in or surrounding the wounds which is not consistent with a car impact.
• The lacerations appeared far more “clean” cut in nature versus “jagged” lacerations which would be more typical for a dog having been hit by a car.
• The graffiti on the dog’s back remains unexplained.
What truly happened to Cesar last Wednesday remains somewhat of a mystery – one which may never be solved.
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