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Reward offered in dog abuse case

Posted April 30, 2008
Updated May 2, 2008

— A Sanford woman has offered a $200 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who forced a dog's head into a soccer ball, leading to the animal's death.

The State Highway Patrol said someone placed a deflated soccer ball over the dog's head and forced it onto U.S. Highway 1 early Sunday.

Around 2:45 a.m. near Chris Cole Road, a car hit and killed the dog, authorities said.

“It was just an orange flash. I was like…I’m going to hit that thing, whatever it was. At the time, I thought it was just a cone,” said driver Deonte Thomas.

Thomas, who was traveling from Raleigh to Southern Pines, kept driving until his car started making strange noises. Thomas said his bumper was damaged. He decided to drive back to remove the construction cone he believed he had hit with his car. Thomas called 911 after realizing it was a dog with its head stuck in a soccer ball.

State Trooper Jonathan Davis said due to the vehicle’s damage, the animal was alive prior to being hit. The animal instantly died from the impact.

Troopers said they would file animal cruelty charges if they can track down the culprit.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 12 years and have never seen or heard anything like this,” Davis said.

The Lee County Sheriff's Office is assisting with the investigation.

Authorities said no dogs were reported missing the weekend of the accident. The surface of the soccer ball prevented investigators from lifting any fingerprints from it.

Anyone who has information about this case was to asked call the Highway Patrol's Siler City office at 919-742-2124 or its Communications Office in Greensboro at 800-445-8621.


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  • Tired of your excuses May 6, 2008

    This story makes me beyond angry. Let's see if this will get thru because my other posts didn't.

  • hated May 1, 2008

    i bet if a cop did it and said it was part of the dogs training there wouldnt be any charges pending.

  • Sandollar May 1, 2008

    Animals are God's creatures too. How sad that people are that full of hate and cruel.

  • gburke6 May 1, 2008

    Kind of ironic that the Highway Patrol is searching for someone who abused a dog, they might want to turn that one over to another agency...


    You beat me to it!!

  • indigodreams3 May 1, 2008

    Actually people who brush this off as "just a dog" are 'funny' - in the head, that is. Screws loose. Major disconnect. Just as scary if not scarier than the damaged goods that did this in the first place.

  • twc May 1, 2008

    The headline threw me for a moment, I thought the authorities already had a dog abuser.

    When they find the guilty person(s) I hope they make their punishment memorable and highly public. I'm sure there are some kennels that need someone cleaning up behind their animals for two or three years. Years--not months!!!

  • blackdog May 1, 2008

    ...this is sick and sadistic to say the least. Anyone who would do this is likely to do such to a human. They have no empathy, respect, or morals.

  • rlewis May 1, 2008

    Question for people like bobdillin--

    Ignoring the legal side of this, why do you think doing this to a dog is more acceptable than doing it to a human? "It's only a dog" in your mind, right?

    Do you think a dog feels pain? Does that even matter to you?

    It's funny (and also sad) how some people seem to congratulate themselves on being so "above" other forms of life, yet then they display traits that show they are no better morally than the animals they look down at.

  • foxyladync May 1, 2008

    Just a thought, but bobdillin123789 strikes me as someone who will say something just to get a rise out of people. It worked didn't it.

  • teacher56 May 1, 2008

    Some people in this world are sooooo sick!