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Dog beaten to death in Niagara Falls, police searching for man who ran from scene

Posted at 9:05 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 17:50:18-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Police in Niagara Falls say a dog that was outside of its house was beaten to death, and they're now searching for a man who was seen running from the scene.

The morning of Friday, March 20th, Niagara Falls Police say the owner of a seven-month-old husky heard his dog barking and yelping outside. When he went outside to check on the dog, he told police he saw a man standing over the dog that had been tied up in the backyard. Police say the dog was unconscious, and the man took off after being spotted.

"We carried her inside, and ten minutes later she stopped breathing," said Melissa Cummings, the dog's owner.

The owner rushed the dog to a veterinary hospital where the dog died. A necropsy was done by Cornell University, and it revealed the dog died of severe blunt force trauma.

"The lungs were collapsed her liver was hemorrhaged," said Cummings. "She listened, she was a really good girl. She was loving, just a very family dog."

The family says they have never seen this man before, and now police are searching for him. He's described as a white male, more than six feet tall, between 35 - 45 years old with dirty blond hair. Police say he was wearing brown boots and a blue jacket.

"I just want justice," said Cummings. "Why? I don't know what she would have done to make someone brutally murder her for no reason."

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer David Bower Niagara Falls Police at 716-345-6431.