COLUMBUS (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a dog in an Ohio prison where it had been placed in a program that pairs inmates with foster dogs.
Joseph’s Legacy is an animal rescue charity in Middletown in southwestern Ohio. President Meg Melampy said Tuesday that one of its dogs, Evie, was found dead in a cell at Warren Correctional Institution late last month.
The charity said a necropsy showed that the dog, a 4-year-old German Shepherd-Elkhound mix, died of "blunt force trauma to her abdomen."
The Ohio State Highway Patrol said Tuesday it is investigating. A message was left with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
The charity said it obtained the dog in 2015 when it had a broken hip from a car accident.