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WARNING! GRAPHIC: Disturbing images released from Walworth County animal cruelty case

MILWAUKEE-- The Walworth County Humane Officer shared disturbing images Wednesday of the eight bullet wounds and stab wound a young bull mastiff suffered before her death. 

\"It's really hard to imagine why someone would do that,\" said Jill Kline, Vice President of Community Impact Programs with the Wisconsin Humane Society.

The dog was found sunday wrapped in a blanket-- abandoned on the White River Trail.

\"Animal abuse is something that is so heart breaking, not only for the animals, but the community as a whole,\" said Kline.

As the Walworth County Sheriff's Office investigates-- the Wisconsin Humane Society says it's time for the community to step up.  They say 76% of people who abuse animals-- also abuse a family member.

\"It's really something to be taken seriously,\" said Kline, \"a lot of people who hurt animals, don't have respect for other life either.\"

Aside from abuse-- the humane society says animal abusers are also more likely to commit other crimes, which is why it's in the community's best interest to help find this dog's killer.

\"It's also a call to action for the community, to reach out to law enforcement,\" said Kline.

The Humane Officer says this crime can not go unpunished, if you know anything that can help, call the Walworth County Sheriff's Office at 262-741-4400.



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