The V.I. Police Department is investigating what is said is a case of first-degree animal abuse on St. Croix.
According to police, around noon on Thursday the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator received a call from a citizen reporting that a stray dog she feeds in Estate Calquohoun had been found dead earlier in the morning.
The caller said the dog appeared to have several large lacerations to the body.
The detective traveled to the scene and found the dog with three large and deep lacerations to the left eye, middle of the back and front right leg, probably caused by a sharp instrument.
This incident, classified as a first-degree animal abuse, is under investigation.
Police urged anyone with information on the incident to contact police by calling 911, the VIPD Animal Cruelty Investigator at 340-778-2211 extension 6097, or Crime Stoppers USVI at 800-222-8477.