Berkeley County, SC – It has been a roller-coaster of emotions in the tragic death of a dog named Toby.
In mid-December, it was reported that Toby, an American Bulldog, had been stolen from his front yard by a blond woman driving a black Dodge Charger.
Toby had been trained to assist the Nolan family’s 9 yr-old autistic daughter, Allie.
Just a few short days later, Toby was discovered dead in the Nolan family’s front yard.
The family insisted that Toby had been beaten and dumped in their yard.
Mother, Kelley Nolan, had left a comment on the original local news publication describing Toby’s injuries (which she insisted were caused by someone who had beaten their dog with a bat).
She described Toby’s broken jaw and wounds to the left side of his body.
On that day, I had sent a private message to Kelley Nolan asking her if she had considered that perhaps Toby had escaped from (or was released by) his captors and was trying to make his way home. I inquired if he may have been hit by a vehicle, rather than beaten by a bat.
Kelley Nolan did not respond to my inquiry.
Yesterday, local news source WCBD TV, published the latest on this tragedy.
A necropsy confirmed that Toby was not beaten to death – he died from the impact of a vehicle.
And there is more drama at the Nolan household…
Apparently on December 23, Kelley Nolan was arrested, along with an acquaintance, and charged with receiving Stolen Goods and Obtaining Property under False Pretenses.
The sheriff’s department is still waiting to interview witnesses who claim to have seen someone abducting Toby from his yard back in December – the investigation remains open.
Read more at WCBD.
Initial stories on this situation at these links:
- Autistic child’s dog, Toby stolen
- Dead-autistic’s child’s dog, Toby
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