GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Contributors gave about $900 to help solve what appeared to be a cruel crime in Gadsden last month: The killing of a 9-year-old Dachshund that appeared to have been skinned alive.
Officials now say the dog wasn't skinned at all — it was injured and died after being attacked by another animal.
And The Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/VOx0um ) reports that police plan to refund the donations that were given as potential reward money.
Authorities initially said it appeared the dog was purposely mutilated in early December. A man was named as a person of interest and taken into custody on unrelated charges.
But Gadsden police now say an examination showed the dog wasn't skinned. They say its injuries were actually caused by another animal.
Police say they will refund the contributions.