The story of Bones, a 130 pound dogo Argentino first made headlines two years ago in Manhattan where he was linked as evidence to a murder crime scene involving his owner. The Lexus Project intervened and helped Bones to be exonerated of all charges and spared him from being euthanized.
The Lexus Project is a group dedicated to saving dogs from death row that are deemed aggressive or charged with a crime. Through some legal maneuvering and working with the defense attorney representing the dog’s owner the Lexus Project was able to get custody of Bones.
According to Robin Mittasch of The Lexus Project, Bones was a sweet gentle giant of a dog. He laid his head in the lap of his rescuers while being transported from the pound where he had been housed for several months.
Although the group does not typically handle the adoption aspect, they learned of a female living in Toledo, Ohio who would be willing to take Bones in. Kathy Sutter of 4905 Luann Avenue in Toledo advised she had experience with handling large breed, aggressive dogs at her rescue “Northwest Ohio Underdog Inc.”
Robin reported everything seemed to be going well for Bones in his new environment. Kathy Sutter frequently posted pictures, videos, and updates on Facebook describing Bones as a sweet lapdog. Robin and The Lexus Project felt very good and comfortable about the placement and were pleased with the progress being made.
On January 5th 2012 suspicions were raised when Kathy Sutter reported that Bones was missing. Robin, had difficulty believing this story as there were 12-13 dogs in the kennel at that time. Why would only one dog be missing?
Kathy’s own attitude also made her the target of suspicion. She seemed very unconcerned about the dog’s disappearance and did not even make an effort to post lost dog fliers around the neighborhood. Knowing something was amiss, Robin started her own search for Bones via Ohio volunteers. Bones was never found.
Almost 9 months after Bones was reported missing a tip came in via email from an anonymous female advising she knew that Kathy Sutter had buried Bones in the backyard of the house on Luann Avenue. Kathy Sutter had vacated that house shortly after Bones went missing. Robin Mittasch arranged to have the backyard dug up for proof of these allegations. Bones remains were found and identified via his microchip. Bones appeared to have died of neglect and starvation. He was a healthy 130 lbs. when The Lexus Project first rescued him but weighed a mere 50 lbs when his body was found.
Poor Bones was rescued from one fate only to be sent to a worse death at the hands of the person he and the Lexus Project trusted. Kathy Sutter did nothing for him. She never got him vet care and watched cold heartedly while he died before her very eyes, pleading to her to help him, to care for him, to feed him. She did nothing.
However the story is going to get worse before it gets better. According to The Lexus Project there were seven dogs exhumed from the back yard including Bones. One is believed to be a Malamute named Sasha who went missing in September of 2012.
The Lexus Project has hired a veterinarian to perform basic necropsies on all seven of the dogs to identify them and determine the cause of death. They will also bury or cremate them depending on their condition.
Yet Kathy Sutter is still allowed to have dogs in her care. She is continuing to operate her rescue at a new location on Fremont Pike in Perrysburg. Ohio. She refused to talk to a reporter from WNWO news and is still standing by her story that Bones went missing and the remains found in the yard are not his.
The Lexus Project is trying to get a court order to further dig in the backyard. They are also exploring what legal avenues they are going to follow as the Ohio laws are very lax when it comes to animal abuse.
If you would like to help The Lexus Project with the case of Bones and with the $1,700.00 cost of the necropsies and burial of the seven victims please visit:
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There is also a petition to the Woods County Animal Control demanding that Kathy Sutter have all remaining dogs removed from her care.
Please sign it for the safety and well being of any other animal unlucky enough to fall into her care.
About the Author
Denise Carey-Costa has been a lifelong advocate for animals. She has written numerous children’s books promoting kindness and compassion for all creatures and raising awareness for the plight of unwanted animals. Denise tours with her books to schools and libraries teaching the importance of spaying and neutering your pets, adopting a shelter pet and how to report animal cruelty. Visit Amazon.com and all other book retailers to see books written by Denise Carey-Costa.