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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles woman is seeking answers after finding a dead dog in a kennel south of Lake Charles.
Rachell Arabie says she was driving on Lincoln Road around noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, when something across the tracks on Elliott Road caught her eye.
She thought at first it was a big fish trap with a big, white fish in it.
When she stopped to look, she found, though, that it was a dog dead in a kennel.
She says kennel was turned on its end and the dog’s mouth was attached to the top of the kennel, as though it had attempted to chew its way out.
“My first impression was, ‘Oh, dear God, somebody just threw this poor thing out here to die,’ ” Arabie says.
A teacher and an EMT, Arabie says the dog didn’t appear to have been there long.
“It’s just a horrible thing to run across,” Arabie said. “It felt like a murder scene. I really think someone threw a live dog, in a kennel, to die. And it was trying to chew its way out.”
Arabie says she contacted Animal Control.
Calcasieu Animal Control says it is investigating, but can’t comment because it is an open investigation.
"We are continuing to investigate and assist other agencies to find out who is responsible,” Nathan Areno, director of Calcasieu Animal Services and Adoption Center, said in a statement.
Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue has raised nearly $1,700 in donations for a reward for information about what happened to the dog.
“We are working in conjunction with Calcasieu Parish Animal Services and passing along all gathered information,” said Renee Smith, head of Lake Charles Pit Bull Rescue. “If you have any information please contact us at lakecharlespitbullrescue.com Together we can make a difference in our community on how animals are treated. And as always, We will continue to be a voice for those have none.“