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Person of interest arrested in Gadsden dog skinning case

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John Michael Smith. Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office John Michael Smith. Source: Etowah County Sheriff's Office
The Pruitt family provided this photo of Skip, the dachshund who was killed. The Pruitt family provided this photo of Skip, the dachshund who was killed.
GADSDEN, AL (WBRC) -

Gadsden police say they've arrested who they describe as a person of interest in an animal cruelty case they were investigating.

Officers say John Michael Smith was arrested on an unrelated warrant.

Police wanted to talk to him after a dachshund named Skip was found mutilated in the Alabama City area of Gadsden. A veterinarian says the dog was alive when he was attacked. Officers are still not clear about a motive.

A $900 reward is being offered for information related to this case.

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