(Memphis) It’s a crime too gruesome and disturbing to believe.
A Frayser woman says her dog was found dismembered and skinned in her backyard.
Crystal Garcia, the dog’s owner, fears for other animals in the Mid-South and that whoever did this could be a threat to people as well.
“Her nose was missing. The only fur that she had was little patches around her eyes,” said Crystal, “Her body was actually laying against a tree right there and her tail was found behind the doghouse.”
The pictures are too sickening to show un-blurred.
Someone skinned Crystal's dog and cut off her dog's tail and paw.
Crystal's friend discovered the missing limb as WREG was with the Frayser family
“You see it? Its right here,” said her friend to Crystal’s 17-year-old son.
It was another piece of the dog that had to buried.
Crystal's dog was named ‘Pinta,’ which means 'Spotted" in Spanish.
It was a Poodle-Chihuahua mix.
Neighbors believe she was tortured and killed in the middle of the night between Friday and Saturday morning.
“Around 1 a.m. I heard the dogs barking,” said neighbor Wesley Hyatt.
Crystal says whoever did it, did it front of her other dog, which was also in the backyard.
“When my son was burying him. He was just standing by the hole and howling.”
“I’m hoping they can find out who did this and prosecute them,” said Hyatt.
“It’s just crazy,” said Crystal’s friend.
“I don’t feel comfortable in my house. I don't know if it's somebody trying to tell me something. I don't know what to think,” said Crystal with tears in her eyes.
It’s difficult to think about what Pinta endured.
Her collar was cut off and no fur was left behind in the backyard.
Crystal fears what it could mean for everyone in Memphis.
“If they can do that to a dog, they don't have a heart.”
Crystal says she doesn't have any enemies and can’t think of anyone that would target her.
WREG checked with police and so far this is the only dog-skinning crime that they know about.