Police identify person suspected of leaving dog to die in Wichita alley

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Wichita police say they have identified and contacted a person suspected of leaving a malnourished dog to die in an alley. 

The pit bull was left in the alley in the 1800 block of North Arkansas early last Monday. A witness saw a blue or dark colored van drop off a dog and leave.

Officer Charley Davidson said a suspect was identified and interviewed, but that person has not been arrested. The suspect's name was not released.

The dog, Aayda, is now with a new foster family and her health is improving. 

Police say they have followed up on several tips that came in to Crime Stoppers. They can be contacted by calling (316) 267-2111.

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The severely emaciated dog that was left to die in a Wichita alley is improving at a local hospital.

Veterinarians at  Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital of Wichita are caring for the female pit bull, named Aayda.

"We're cautiously optimistic," said Dr. Brock Lofgreen, after seeing improvements in Aadya since her operation on Tuesday. A corn cob was removed from her intestines. 

Lofgreen estimates that it took six weeks for Aadya's level of emaciation. He also estimates that the corn cob was stuck in Aayda for about a week.

"This patient was severely malnourished, potentially abused and one of the worst cases we'd ever seen," said Lofgreen.

The Beauties and Beasts, Inc., animal rescue group is caring for Aadya but require donations to continue their efforts.

"I see the comments that say prayers, donated, following, they tell how much they love what we do, thanks for being their voice. All of those things keep us going. Without the financial end, we couldn't do it," said Randi Carter, a board member for the non-profit organization.

To help with the fundraising efforts, you can send a donation to Beauties and Beasts online by clicking here.

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