DAVIS, Okla. - When an animal control worker in southern Oklahoma was shown the bodies of three dogs that had been skinned, he was horrified.
But, now, he's afraid of what could happen next.
“Am I worried? Yes, I’m worried,” said Clifton Kirby, with Davis Animal Control. “Because, it starts with animals that might be stray animals but, then, it will turn into somebody’s animal in their back yard.”
An employee at Sharps Department Store on W. Main St. found the dogs on Aug. 25. They were in such bad shape, animal control could not entirely determine the breed of the dogs.
“I had never seen it before,” Kirby said. “Hunters would know what they’d be looking like, because it looked like somebody had been hunting, ... found these and took them for their skins.”
Kirby wants people to make sure they keep a close eye on their pets until the case is solved, in case the people responsible for the skinning decide to strike again.
"Yes, I would be worried," said Cynthia Armstrong, the Oklahoma state director of the Humane Society of the United States. "I think that, if they're going to kill three dogs and skin three dogs, that they likely would not stop there."
According to the Humane Society, research shows people who abuse animals often get involved in narcotics, commit domestic violence or even murder.
"Individuals who are insensitive to the suffering of animals, it's just a short step to insensitivity to the suffering of human beings," Armstrong said. "Certainly not everyone who commits a crime of animal cruelty is going to be come a serial killer. On the other hand, every serial killer did have, without exception, a history of animal cruelty."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Kirby at 580-369-0987.