Alexander woman offers $7K reward for information about dog

Staff Writer

After Kelley Prichard's 4-month-old dog had been missing for a week, she recently found the puppy's dead body. Prichard is offering a $7,000 reward to anyone who has information about the person responsible for killing the dog.

"I know somebody knows something," Prichard said.

Prichard had originally offered a reward of $5,000, but after donations from two people, she was able to increase the reward amount. She hopes by offering a reward, she can deter the person responsible for hurting another animal or escalating to more serious crimes.

"We're tired of abused animals," she said. "Enough is enough."

Prichard, the founder of Adopt-A-Stray animal rescue, received the dog, Naomi, from an individual in Magnolia.

The dog that usually never went far from the front porch went into the woods the day she went missing.

"I believe that Naomi, having just learned to love and be loved and trust people, was easily lured and whoever it was snatched her up and took off with her," Pritchard wrote in a Facebook post.

When Pritchard found the dog's body, it had been "slit from one end to the other and gutted" Pritchard wrote.

Because of the injuries, Pritchard said she is 99 percent sure the killing was done by a person.

"Her wounds were not from a predator. They were clean cuts. She had no bite marks. Her baby teeth were all still present which tells me she didn't try to fight off a predator," she wrote.

Despite the recent rain and flooding, the dog did not have any mud on her fur.

The dog's collar was also missing.

"I don't even know how to describe it. All I know is that I am full of rage and hatred for the (person) who did this and sadness for a gentle, kind, sweet-hearted little puppy that only wanted to be loved and didn't deserve to be hurt in any way," Pritchard wrote.

She added that she has never had a problem before with anyone hurting her dogs.

Anyone with information about the person responsible for the animal's death can contact Prichard at 501-303-8185.