The Evansville Police Department says its officers met with Animal Control on Tuesday to file an animal cruelty report.
Animal Control told EPD that on March 3, they were dispatched to a home on Monroe Avenue where they found two dogs that were abnormally thin, had fleas, and smelled of urine. They also said they found a small puppy at the home that appeared to be in good condition.
Animal Control Officers said they could see visible ribs and hip bones on the two thin dogs, and that the homeowner told them it was because they had gotten into bleach and thrown up. They then told the homeowner that she had to take those two dogs to be seen by a vet.
Roughly two weeks later on March 15, Animal Control was called back to the same address in reference to a dead animal.
EPD Captain Andy Chandler says, "They sent an Animal Control officer out there, probably under the assumption that it was one of the emaciated dogs. But, it happened to be the puppy that they found."
Animal Control told EPD that when they got there, they found the small puppy that they had seen before, and it appeared to have been decapitated.
According to police, the homeowners claimed they came home and found the puppy that way. Officials say they denied any wrongdoing and blamed another animal for the puppy's beheading.
The body of the puppy was then taken to a veterinarian to determine the cause of the injuries.
Capt. Chandler told 44News, "The evidence did not appear to be that the death of the puppy came from one of the other animals. So, based on that, the investigation got turned over to us."
"Animal abuse cases, just like any other crime, you have to make sure you have the probable cause and the evidence to be able to make a charge and secure an arrest. As of right now, we have physical evidence as to what happened, but we don't have the evidence of who did it and/or any type of a motive," said Capt. Chandler.
The other two dogs are currently recovering from starvation in the care of Animal Control.
Whoever is responsible for the death of the puppy will face felony charges, as the investigation is ongoing.
No additional information has been made available at this time.