Chattanooga, TN asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Georgia

Q: My dog was stolen, beat to death, &thrown over bridge. Was law enforcement supposed to visit the scene for investigation

I reported when stolen, they couldn’t help me even though I told them he was going to be killed. When I found my dog, filed a report, contacted animal control but they were closed for holiday weekend. I had to retrieve my dog myself. How are they investigating if nobody ever went to the scene or called me back?

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: I am sorry to hear about the tragic loss of your dog. It is understandable that you are upset and frustrated with the way your case has been handled by law enforcement.

According to the Animal Welfare Act, all animal cruelty cases, including theft and animal killing, are supposed to be investigated by law enforcement. This includes going to the scene of the crime, collecting evidence, and interviewing witnesses.

In your case, it is unclear why law enforcement did not visit the scene of the crime when you reported your dog stolen. It is also unclear why they did not call you back when you filed a report after finding your dog's body.

It is possible that law enforcement is still investigating your case and that they will contact you soon with an update. However, it is also possible that they have closed your case and that you will not be getting any further information from them.

If you are not satisfied with the way your case has been handled, you can file a complaint with the law enforcement agency involved.

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