By Mark Scheer
Niagara Gazette — A resident living in the 2700 block of Forest Avenue made a gruesome discovery early Thursday.
In the alley behind the block between Forest and Woodlawn avenues, she found a dead, skinned animal that had been wrapped in a plastic bag and stuffed inside a carboard box.
"It looked like a dead dog that had been skinned," said Melanie Ashker, a resident of the neighborhood who noticed the box while driving in the area Thursday morning. "It looked like somebody cut its ears off. It was just unbelievable."
Ashker said she reported the finding of the remains to police almost immediately.
Falls police Captain John DeMarco confirmed the report, but said upon further investigation officers determined that the body was not that of a dead dog, but rather that of a dead fox.
As a result, DeMarco said the matter is being turned over to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for further investigation.
"According to the officer, yes, it was skinned," DeMarco said. "Where it was (skinned), we have no idea."
The report filed by police indicates that the animal carcass was found in the alley by several school children. According to the report, upon arrival the officer found what appeared to be the carcass of a fox in the alley at the rear of 2760 Forest Ave. The officer indicated that the carcass had been "totally skinned" but had features resembling a fox, including paws smaller than a dog. The officer reported that the carcass was partially covered by a white, plastic garbage bag and appeared to have been placed near the alley for trash collection.
The officer was advised by police radio that the city's Department of Public Works would respond to remove the carcass.