Dog carcass found in fire pit in New Orleans City Park
NEW ORLEANS - A woman walking her dog in a remote part of New Orleans City Park stumbled upon the remains of a dog that appeared to have been thrown in a fire, according to the Louisiana Humane Society.
*WARNING* - Some descriptions of what was found may be disturbing to some readers.*
WWL-TV reports that earlier this month, the woman made the discovery of the carcass and the fire pit while on Scout Island in the park. The fire pit was close to a fishing dock that can be seen from nearby Diagonal Drive, a road that meets Harrison Avenue at a traffic circle.
"Next to the pit was an empty bag labeled "Premium Cooking Wood." The dog's body was found in the middle of a fire pit that had been started with new 2 x 4 boards. The immediate area was surrounded by empty beer cans and a few candles. The ashes were still warm when the fire pit was discovered," said a statement from the Humane Society.
The Human Society says they took the dog’s body and later delivered it to the LSU Veterinary School Diagnostic Lab for testing and necropsy.
The results determined that the dog was “an adult intact male terrier-type, possibly a Jack Russell Terrier. The cranium was fractured in many places,” reports the Humane Society. The skull fractures may be from repeated blows from a blunt object or from the bursting of the skull from the heat of the fire. More tests have been ordered to attempt to determine the exact cause of the animal’s death and if the dog died before it was placed in the fire.
During the necropsy, veterinarians also found the nasal bone was broken along with the canine’s jaw. The lab also said “the dog had been pierced or speared in two places with an elongated object. First puncture wound appears linearly from the middle of the back into the abdominal cavity. The second puncture wound entered the base of the tail and extends through the gluteal muscles. However, it is unclear if the body produced these openings from the heat of the fire or occurred before.”
The Human Society says most of the animal’s body was charred by the fire.