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A gruesome discovery in Fort Madison after a dog is found beaten to death by the side of some railroad tracks.

The dog was being kept at the PAW animal shelter.

It went missing four days ago, only to be found dead Thursday morning.

The animal shelter staff is disgusted by the discovery of this murdered dog, but their main concern now is trying to find someone who will say something so these people or this person can be caught.

Shelter worker Tyler Duce says, "What power, he or she felt, or that group when they did that, the sick thing is they felt they needed that power in the first place."

Duce was the second person to see the dog we'll call "Jack" by the side of the tracks. It was mutilated, even though no trains were running at the time.

"Wasn't the nicest sight, I can tell you that's not something I ever want to see again or deal with," says Duce.

He believes several people were involved in Jack's death. his tail appeared to be broken, his ribs looked crushed, and jack's head was cut from his body.

"Things like this, the dog is not going to cooperate, they're not going to let you whether you know them, they're not going to lay down and let you hurt them," says Duce.

The problem for the shelter, as with many animal abuse cases, there are no apparent witnesses or evidence. Jack could have jumped his kennel's fence or he could have been taken. The shelter has no way to know. Its director Sandy Brown says they're relying on the town.

"This is a bragging crime, somebody, somewhere, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, someone's going to say something," says Brown.

When that happens, Brown wants whoever was told to come forward. Because she feels until whoever did this is caught, any dog is at risk.

"A dare, an initiation, a cult thing, and they did this to this dog, and it could happen to anybody's dog," says Brown.

The strength of an animal abuse case in court depends on witnesses and evidence. With very little evidence to go on, the shelter is hoping someone comes forward so justice can be done.

The shelter is not releasing any details of the dog because they hope something will come forward.

Under Iowa law, animal abuse or torture convictions carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison and fines.

The penalties increase if a person is convicted more than once.