Missouri police seek tips in skinned-alive beagle case

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NEOSHO, Mo. (AP) -

Authorities are investigating after a pet beagle was skinned alive in southwest Missouri.

The Joplin Globe reports that Neosho police Lt. Jason Baird says about 75% of the dog's skin was removed. He says a resident of a subdivision reported seeing the injured animal emerge from a wooded area Sept. 23. Baird says the beagle was in obvious pain when officers caught it, and the decision was made to euthanize.

Baird says the dog was left inside a home while its owner was out of town and may have gotten out through an unsecured door.

Rain hampered detectives' ability to find a crime scene, and investigators have received few tips despite a $1,000 reward. But Baird says it's hard to believe that no one heard the dog when it was being skinned.

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