Editor's Note: The following information was posted directly from a news release from the Humane Animal Welfare Society. Patch had previously shared the Facebook comments that alleged this dog was abused, however, removed that information last week when it became clear the information being shared widely across Facebook was incorrect.
Dog lovers from the surrounding area had planned a vigil for the pit bull after the incorrect abuse allegations when viral.
HAWS, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, has received the results of the necropsy on the dog found near Frame Park in April.
HAWS’ Animal Rescue Team was called to assist when a deceased female Pit Bull was discovered next to the busy railroad tracks adjacent to Waukesha’s Frame Park. Local citizens speculated on social media that the dog had been abused, dying as a result.
According to the pathology report, foul play has been ruled out, as no evidence of bullet or stab wounds or burn trauma were found on the dog. The exact cause of the dog’s injuries is unknown, but they are consistent with those that would be sustained as the result of the dog being hit by a passing train.
The dog was found to be in good nutritional condition, even described as robust.
“We are thankful that community members cared enough to get involved,” noted HAWS Executive Director Lynn Olenik. “Unfortunately, an owner still has not come forward.”
Continued Olenik: “The tragic part of this situation is the dog most likely died alone, without the comfort of her family.”