KCHA investigating after dog's tail, legs, privates cut

Charley is healing after having her tail amputated. (WCHS/WVAH)

The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is investigating alleged abuse on a 2-year-old dog named Charley who lives with her owners in Gallagher in Kanawha County.

"I didn't think she was going to make it through," Charley's owner, Jordin Priddy, said.

Priddy said her dog ran out of the yard July 29 and was missing for two days. Charley came back home on the evening of July 31, and Priddy discovered the injuries.

"I noticed her tail, 3 inches of her skin had been skinned off, her legs had been stabbed, she was bleeding," Priddy said.

Priddy said once they took Charley to the vet, she learned her private area had been cut.

"I thought she got hit by a car, but the more we looked at her we didn't really think so," Priddy said.

The veterinarian told Priddy that Charley's tail would need to be amputated, but with time she would survive. The vet also suspected it was abuse.

Priddy's mother, Chesica Massey, posted pictures of Charley's injuries to social media and said she couldn't believe this would happen in her community.

"I was upset that someone would do that to one of our animals," Massey said. "Like I mentioned, our animals are like our children."

Priddy said Charley is a good dog and can't understand why someone would hurt her.

"She's never done anything to anyone besides bark when they walked by," Priddy said.

The Kanawha Charleston Humane Association is investigating what happened to Charley. Staff said cases like this are unfortunately hard to prove, so any information helps.

"The injuries that we are aware of don't look like they would occur by another animal or anything explainable but potentially a human," KCHA Community Engagement Director Adam Cunningham said.

One week and $2,200 later, Charley is finally resting comfortably at home, but her family is still worried that person or persons who committed such abuse are still out there.

"It sickens me that I live in a neighborhood where there is a person that is psycho enough to harm an animal," Massey said.

KCHA is asking anyone with information or tips about the case to call the Metro 911 non-emergency line at 304-348-8111 or 304-357-0191.

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