Subscribe for 33¢ / day

CLINTON — The DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office said it is reviewing a possible animal abuse case after a video was posted on social media.

The video shows a woman holding a dog down by the throat, but further details in the case were not available Wednesday.

“The investigation into this matter is still under review by our office and the DeWitt County State's Attorney's Office for potential charges,” Sheriff Jered Shofner in a statement released Wednesday morning.

No charges have been filed, and State’s Attorney Dan Markwell confirmed that the matter is under investigation.

Shofner said the dog is headed to a new home.

“The black and white Husky depicted in a viral video alleging animal abuse was located in good health Wednesday by DeWitt County sheriff's detectives,” he said.

Detectives transferred the Husky to an unnamed animal adoption agency to ensure the dog will be moved to a good home, he said.

"The future of this animal will now be in the hands of an independent, reputable animal adoption agency that will place him in the right home,” he said. “For the privacy of his new family, we are keeping the location of the adoption agency quiet for now.”

Shofner said he has had several offers of help for the dog.

“We want to thank the hundreds of people that volunteered to care for him,” he said.

Subscribe to Daily Headlines

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

Load comments