The grave where Paula Culbertson buried Toby. (Dec. 18, 2013/FOX Carolina)
LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Paula Culbertson, of Laurens, believes someone killed and mutilated her Terrier.
Culbertson said her Terrier, Toby, got out earlier in December when her husband opened the back door to their home. She said there was a neighborhood dog in heat and believes Toby went looking for the female dog.
Culbertson wasn't home at the time but told her husband not to worry.
"I said, 'Don't worry about it, I'll be home in a little bit. He'll be back by the time I get home,'" Culbertson said.
Toby never showed up. It was the next day when Culbertson said she had come home from running an errand while taking a break searching for Toby that she heard several dogs in the field behind her house.
"That's when I walked up on him and found him dead," explained Culbertson.
Culbertson said she wrapped Toby up in a blanket and brought him back to the house. She said it was then she realized something bad had happened to him.
"As I unfolded the towel his little legs fell apart. And, when they fell apart I just went hysterical and I said, 'Oh my God, they cut his private part off,'" explained Culbertson.
Culbertson said the extent of Toby's injuries indicated someone killed him and it wasn't another dog.
Animal Control said to contact Laurens County Public Works about the dog's death. Scott Holland, director of the agency, said they questioned a person Culbertson thought may have harmed her dog and the person denied the claim. He said the person expressed sympathy for her loss.
Holland said lacking any factual evidence to indicate how Toby was injured, there were "no grounds for legal action against anyone at this time."
Holland's full statement to FOX Carolina on Wednesday reads:
"On 12-5-13 Ms. Paula Culbertson, of Laurens, SC contacted Laurens County Department of Public Works to report that her dog was missing. Later that day she called to say she had found her dog dead with injuries and in the company of a black female dog. She also stated she had suspicions that an individual who lived several houses away may have caused her dogs injuries.
"A Litter / Humane Officer was dispatched to Ms. Culbertson's address and in speaking with her she stated her suspicions of this individual was based on her belief that he owned a female dog that was in heat. Ms. Culbertson had not witnessed anyone causing injuries to her dog nor was her dog found on the property of the individual she suspected.
"Ms. Culbertson had already buried her dog and therefore our Officer could not view the dog's injuries. Our Officer talked to the individual that Ms. Culbertson suspected. This person denied any involvement in the incident and expressed sympathy for Ms. Culbertson's loss. Lacking any factual evidence to indicate how Ms. Culbertson's dog was injured there are no grounds for legal action against anyone at this time."
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