A strange internet rumor claims that a dog was skinned in Moscow, Idaho, not far from where four University of Idaho students were stabbed with a knife.
But is it really true? The dog’s owners have spoken to the Daily Mail and yes, they say it really happened. The story became public when their neighbor, Clint Hughes, posted on Facebook in October 2022 about the skinned dog, a mini Australian Shepherd named Buddy. The animal mutilation took place just five kilometers from the scene of the murder of four students in Moscow.
Police are still looking for a suspect or suspects in the murder of the four University of Idaho students – Goncalves, Mogen, Xana Kernodle and Ethan Chapin. The students, who were attacked while sleeping on November 13, 2022, all died of stab wounds, authorities said in previous press reports. The dead are murders.
Police have not made a connection between the killings and the dog skinning.
Here’s what you need to know:
Daily Mail reported: “Pam and Jim Colbert’s dog Buddy, a Mini Australian Shepherd, was filleted and skinned on October 21, weeks before four students were killed.” We have contacted the authorities about the animal mutilation report.
The publication spoke to the Colberts and obtained photos of the dog. According to what the Colberts told the Daily Mail, they took the dog out for a walk and when they found the dog it had “only fur on its legs and face.”
“It was like a deer that someone had been hunting,” Pam Colbert told the Daily Mail. “They cut him around the neck and just skinned him. His legs had fur and his face had fur, but the rest of him was just skinned.”
She continued: “The other side of him was like they filleted him like they were about to eat him. It was horrible. Incredible. They cut it like you’re filleting a fish. We found his collar, but not the fur.’
Daily Mail reported that a Latah County deputy sheriff “sent to take photos for a report confirmed that Buddy’s killer was human.”
On October 22, 2022, Clint Hughes posted the account to Facebook. According to his Facebook page, he lives in Moscow, Idaho.
“This sounds like clickbait, but it isn’t. The last light after 2am was our neighbor’s sweet little dog skinned like a deer. No animal did this. Our dog is bigger and was so anxious around the same time that he tore his bed into a thousand pieces,” he wrote.
“Our cat has also been missing for the past few days. I’m not sure if it’s related to Halloween, and I don’t really care either, I’ll put away all my firearms, and I’d suggest everyone in northern Moscow do the same. — with Luke Hughes and 3 others.”
A man on the thread said he contacted Moscow police and couldn’t find a report. Hughes responded that the dog’s skinning may have been reported to the sheriff’s department instead. Heavy has reached out to the local sheriff’s department for comment, but has not yet heard back. Heavy has also contacted Hughes and Moscow police.
“Just a quick update since this has resurfaced. Out of respect for our neighbour’s privacy, I will not reveal their names here, but I will mention that I introduced them to the Daily Mail reporter today, and another article should appear. As for our cat, thankfully he was found safe. Thank you!” Hughes wrote in his comment thread on Nov. 20, 2022.
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