She was 3 years old and lived in Vinemont, Alabama. Annie had lived with Neal and Janet Rogers and was their daughter so to speak. Little did Annie know that she would be the talk of the town, state and nation by the end of last weekend. Neither did she know of the horror to come that would take her life.
Why would she be? She was just a little beagle who loved to play chase, craddle in Neal and Janets arms, snuggle in the bed with them at night, and spread her love to everyone who wanted to pet her.
But last weekend, someone took Annie from their yard,as that would not be a hard thing to do, since she loved to be petted by everyone. Except the individual or persons who took Annie had no intention of petting her.
Sometime during that weekend, they either tied her down or hung her up by her legs and proceeded to slowly skin her alive. Peeling the skin back away from her muscles and tendons exposing them to the air and racking her entire body with pain.
It is not know yet if she was let go after they finished with her or she escaped from nearby. We do know that she was found by her family with her skin hanging in shreds, and dragging on the ground as she struggled to get to the arms of protection.
We do know that she was rushed to the Vet where it was determined the mutilation was so bad, and she in such pain that it was decided to put her to sleep to end the suffering.
Annie died craddled for the last time in the arms of her owners, looking in the eyes, seemingly asking, "why would someone do this to me?"
Monday of this week, Annie went for a drive in a car. Except instead of sticking her head out the window and allowing the wind to hit her face as she love to do, this time she was laying in a cold dark plastic bag frozen. Her only company on this ride was the darkness within the bag that surrounded her like a suffocating blanket. Her exposed muscles, tendons and flayed skin lay against the bottom of the bag, as she lay there with just the sound of the road notice filtering up through the bottom of the Cullman County Sheriff Department Unit.
The Unit was being driven by Lt.Phillip Lambert who was taking her to the Auburn University Forensics Lab. He had seen a lot of things in his profession but nothing like this, and it stirred the anger deep within that is so natural, but yet has to be controlled in this profession.
Once again, she was going to be pulled, stretched, and cut on with a knife. Tissue would be taken, along with stomach contents,anal examination for sexual abuse, etc. This was going to be done in an attempt to find the one piece of forensic evidence that would put ever who did this behind bars.
This difference this time,is the knife that would be slicing into her body was being used as an instrument of love and not as a instrument of torture driven by a twisted mind that apparently derives pleasure from applying pain to another living being.
No! this time she would not feel the searing sting of the knife blade, and scream in terror and pain. She no longer would attempt to struggle in her effort to get away from the person or persons inflicting such horror on her.
This time she could watch from above in a detached environment as the masked, gloved, and gowned technician dissected her body. This time she knew the cuts were done in an attempt to bring justice for her, and not to inflict pain and torture.This time, the person holding the knife did not have a smile or laugh as she screamed. This time, this person had a look of kindness, and tenderness in their eyes as they went about their business.
Sheriff Tyler Roden stated,they had put several investigators on this case, and was making every effort possible to bring justice for Annie.
Why would this be done to a small beagle who's apparently only goal in life was to bring joy to all who knew her?
Was it because someone decided they wanted to see what it would be like to skin a animal alive?
Was it for revenge, because of some transgression committed by a member of the family she lived with?
What is certain is people do not do anything without a motive.If the Sheriff Department can located the motive, then it will lead to the individual or persons responsible.
Regardless of the motive, the fact is there is a soul or souls that now walks among you and I who has a very dark side.
This individual does not think like you and I. Somewhere in their life the line that divides us from animals has faded, or just maybe they never had it. Usually when you see something like this, it is a very forboding sign of things to come. These type of personalities usually will do this again. In a lot of cases they probably have done this before, it just has not be discovered until this weekend. The danger is after awhile the mutilation of animals is not enough. They want to move into what it would feel like to do this to a human being.
That is why this case is not just about Annie, its about stopping what is likely to come in the future if this person or persons are not found.
The Cullman Animal Welfare Association and The Cullman Animal Shelter are asking for donations toward setting up a reward to bring justice to Annie.
If you wish to contribute,and any amount will be gladly appreciated, contact the Merchants Bank close to you and tell them you want to make a donation to the "JUSTICE FOR ANNIE FUND"
Do dogs go to heaven...? Well! I believe in this case Annie does, as she just went through HELL this last weekend.