I-Team: Dog Death Investigation


(WBRE/WYOU-TV)   A strange discovery is under investigation in Luzerne County a dead dog was found inside a suitcase.

   It was found in a wooded area near Wilkes-Barre and now animal control officers and the S.P.C.A. Are trying to find out how and why it ended up there. Could there have been foul play? The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick has our story.  *We must warn you that some of the images in this story could be disturbing to some people.

“There is no obvious reason as to why the animal was deceased” Said Todd Hevner, Executive Director of the SPCA of Luzerne County on Thursday.  He was talking about the body of a dog found in the woods.   

A man walking in a wooded area Tuesday near East Division Street in Hanover Township found a black suitcase. It was about 100 feet away from Solomon Creek. When he opened the case. He found a dead dog.

 “It looked to be maybe a pit Sharpei mix. It’s hard to tell at this point. It’s a short-haired brown dog a male adult” Explained Wayne Harvey, Luzerne County Humane Officer.

Investigators at the Luzerne County S.P.C.A. Say the placement of the dog here raises questions…

“So, it doesn’t inevitably bring out foul play but it is something that given the situation we have to explore as though there was something amiss with the situation” Noted Hevner.

 “It was put there purposely obviously it was left on a trail possibly quads could be riding on” Hevner explained.

Now the S.P.C.A. Is asking for the public’s help in solving this mystery.

 “If there is an owner out there we want them to know their dog has been found. If they have any information if foul play was involved in this we like to know this as well” Stressed Harvey.

S.P.C.A. officials say a necropsy will be done on the dog too find out how it died.

If you have any information about the dog you are urged to call the Luzerne County S.P.C.A.

     You do not have to give your name.

Contact the SPCA

Phone(570) 825-4111

524 E Main St, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

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