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Dog survives slashed throat, police investigate

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On Tuesday Animal Control officer Anne Dewolfe found a dog with her throat slashed, but still alive, and immediately rushed her to the Bright Star Veterinary Clinic.

Bright Star Veterinarian Leah Larsen first examined the female dog, who would later be named Faith.

“It was a seven to 10-day wound that missed her vital organs by millimeters,” said Larsen. “The throat wound was caused by a sharp object that made a clean cut.”

The slash was speculated to be caused by a knife, much like what a hunter would do if he found a deer still alive after an inital shot. Brightstar Veterinary Clinic notified the police department that this was severe animal abuse.

Both the Sulphur Springs Police Department and Bright Star Veterinary Clinic believe the dog was left for dead after the brutal attack.

“Right now, we are investigating the case and will hopefully make an arrest by next week,” said Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jay Sanders. “I do not believe we have seen a case like this before.”

SSPD and Bright Star Veterinary Clinic have been receiving donations all week to cover Faith’s medical expenses.

Larsen said she has been scheduled to operate on Faith’s neck on Monday morning so they can monitor her all week. Once Faith is well, she will be up for adoption.

To donate and help Faith or other dogs that are abused or neglected, contact Bright Star Veterinary Clinic at 903-885-0103.

If anyone has any information on who might have abused Faith, contact Sulphur Springs Police Departtment at 903-885-7602.

Manhunt for Pickton man ends Saturday

The search for a wanted Pickton man concluded shortly after midnight Friday with his apprehension near a Hunt County club.

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Saltillo student advances to Beta nationals in creative writing

Saltillo High School senior Monika Wartenbee will represent Texas at the National Beta Convention this summer in Nashville, Tenn. She placed third in creative writing at the Jan. 9-10 State Beta Convention in San Antonio.

Horsing Around

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Sarah Roddick from Ontario, Canada, and a member of GS Cutting, prepared her horse, Sofia, to participate in the National Cutting Horse Association's Cow Camp Cutting Circuit at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center, Thursday morning. The event, being put on by Western Sports Productions, will continue through Saturday, Jan. 17.
Staff Photo by Isabel Reyna

Home invasion in Commerce leaves 1 dead

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An apparent home invasion turned deadly in Commerce just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, when two people broke into an apartment in the 1300 block of Moore Street in the Hunt County town. “We are not sure what they were after,” said Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews. “Apparently, two suspects had knocked on the door of this apartment and forced their way in, then pistol-whipped one of the tenants there and held a gun to a lady's head in an attempt to rob the apartment.” Crews said one of the intended victims fought with the gunman. “One of the tenants was able to grab the gun, and they wrestled for the gun and a shot was fired,” Crews said. “We have one person that was pronounced dead at the scene.” He identified the dead man as 23-year-old Corey Dominic Heath of Commerce, and said another person of interest fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. Investigators are trying to determine his identity. Police investigators say they have interviewed a number of possible witnesses in an attempt to learn just what happened, who the assailants are and why they picked that particular apartment. “We do have another suspect that had fled scene after the shooting, and we are still trying to determine who that is,” Crews said. “We do have a person of interest that we are looking for. We are still interviewing witnesses and getting photo lineups to show them, and try to determine if the name we have is the one that we are actually looking for — the right one.” Crews said schools in Commerce were immediately notified of the incident. “Commerce Independent School District went on modified lock-down because we had one suspect that was still on the loose,” Crews said. “It didn't happen anywhere near an ISD campus; however, it was about two blocks from the university campus. No students were attending classes because the school has not opened back up yet. They did alert their staff and faculty of what happened in close proximity to the campus.”

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