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Family offers reward after dog's death

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A family who lives in the Sugarloaf Country Club is offering a $1,500 reward for the conviction of the person who stole and brutally killed their dog earlier this week.

Jack Jack, a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, disappeared from Clara Truesdell's home sometime between 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. Thursday. The dog's mutilated body was discovered Thursday morning in a neighbor's driveway.

Truesdell said the dog's midsection was dissected in a very specific manner. His midsection was cut by a sharp object. His breastbone and ribs were cut out and removed, but his organs were not damaged.

"It's sick," said Truesdell, a physician. "They filleted him from the outside ... It's clear that this dog was an experiment."

Truesdell said Jack Jack was inside the garage on his pillow at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday when she went out to retrieve something from her car. About 2 a.m., the family brought in their big dog, a German shepherd, who was barking.

The nanny arrived at 6 a.m. and noticed she didn't see Jack Jack. It was unusual, because the dog was usually active around that time. Truesdell said she knew something was wrong when she couldn't find Jack Jack a couple hours later.

Jack Jack was kept on the property by a shock collar and invisible fence. She said she thinks someone came into her yard -- and possibly into her garage -- to take Jack Jack.

"It's very eerie and shocking," she said. "I'm very determined to see something come out of this other than grief."

Truesdell said Jack Jack belonged to her 11-year-old daughter.

"My daughter is not only having to deal with the death, but the manner," she said.

Jack Jack's body was first discovered by the neighbor, who notified neighborhood security. Sugarloaf Patrol then notified Gwinnett County Animal Control, who contacted the family veterinarian.

Truesdell filed a police report Thursday morning after she discovered the manner in which Jack Jack had been killed.

"I'm very angry and determined to see it through," she said of the police investigation.