From the post mor­tem

George Herald - - NEWS -

His bo­dy con­di­ti­on was good.

His ton­gue was blue (cy­a­no­tic) as a re­sult of oxy­gen de­fi­cien­cy. It was al­so bleeding be­cau­se the dog had bit­ten through it.

Ex­ter­nal ex­a­mi­na­ti­on of the skin sho­wed no ob­vi­ous signs of trau­ma ex­cept one cut on the up­per si­de of his neck.

W­hen re­mo­ving the skin mul­ti­ple signs of trau­ma could be seen. T­he­re we­re mul­ti­ple a­re­as of sub­der­mal (un­der the skin) bleeding and brui­sing. This is a re­sult of di­rect trau­ma in­flicted to the bo­dy. (Si­mi­lar to a hu­man brui­se.) The a­rea a­round the neck was af­fected se­ver­e­ly and the co­lour of this a­rea dif­fe­red from the rest of the bo­dy in the sen­se that it was much red­der and b­loodier. This is a re­sult of brui­sing to the tis­su­es in this a­rea.

The rest of the bo­dy was pa­le pink (nor­mal) ex­cept for the lo­cal a­re­as of brui­sing, as men­ti­o­ned e­ar­lier. A­round the neck it was very b­loody and red. The tra­chea it­self had brui­ses on its out­si­de in­di­ca­ti­ve of di­rect trau­ma. The tho­rax re­vea­led par­ti­al­ly col­lap­sed lung tis­sue. This could be as a re­sult of post mor­tal chan­ges, but con­si­de­ring the ti­me fra­me it is mo­re li­ke­ly to be as a re­sult of suf­fo­ca­ti­on.

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