Dog’s tail removed, left to suffer


MITCHELLVILLE, Iowa – Mitchellville Police are investigating an animal cruelty case where a dog’s tail appears to have been cut off.

Macy, the 9-year-old Husky, has been part of Aubrey Coppess’ life since 2006.

“It’s heartbreaking. Imagine, what if they did this to my dog? I’m inside with my baby, what could they do a person?” said Coppess.

The normally excited, caring dog sleeps outside and usually greets people when they come in the backyard. However, sometime between 9 p.m. Monday night and 11 a.m. Tuesday morning the dog’s tail was removed from her body and she was left to suffer.

“She wouldn’t come out, so he pulled her out and that’s when he noticed the tail was gone. We found blood in the grass over here,” said Coppess.

Coppess rushed Macy to Bondurant, then Iowa Veterinary Specialist in Des Moines but the wound was too severe. Macy was sent to Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center at Iowa State University.

The veterinarian treating the dog said, “We are not able to determine whether the wound occurred due to an intentional, malicious act or simply due to an accident.”

“When I saw the photo, it’s disturbing and it’s tough to look at,” said Mitchellville Police Chief Kary Kinmonth.

Chief Kinmonth, a 24 year veteran, responded and searched for any evidence including Macy’s tail that was nowhere to be found.

“We don’t have the tail, the tails missing. The tail was cut off or another animal attack something happened, there was no tail found,” said Chief Kinmonth.

Police say they’re not sure if it was intentional or accidental or if Macy got into a fight with another animal. They’re looking at all possibilities currently.

However, Coppess says she thinks multiple people are behind this cruelty.

“She was hooked to the chain in her dog house and there’s no way she ran off. It happened in the yard and I’m 100 percent. I know it did,” said Coppess.

For a dog with no bad history of biting or running away and a family with no known enemies, it’s puzzling police.

“If a person actually did this, or several people, you’d hope their conscious would get to them down the road. You’d hope they’d mess up and tell somebody,” said Kinmonth.

The Coppess family is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest in Macy’s case. That may be doubled by an animal rights group who may match the original $2,000 reward.

The family has also set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for the vet bill,

Police say this seems to be an isolated incident. If anyone has information, call the Mitchellville Police Department at 515-967-9289. 

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