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VALPARAISO — A dog reportedly stolen from a home Wednesday in the first block of Dumas Street was found decapitated a day later near the residence, according to police.

Police said the incident does not appear to be random and they have no knowledge of any other similar incidents in the city, despite reports on social media.

The orange and white male pit bull, named Dudley, was reported stolen from the home at 8 p.m. Wednesday, said Valparaiso Police Sgt. Mike Grennes.

The woman reporting the theft gave police the names of people of interest, and an investigation is underway, Grennes said.

The woman, who was the owner of the dog, said she found Dudley dead and decapitated around 4:30 p.m. Thursday near railroad tracks by her house, he said. Police are unsure how the dog died or when it was decapitated.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Valparaiso Police at 219-462-2135. Tips can be texted to TIP411 (847-411) enter “Valpo” in the message field prior to sending your message.

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Bob is a 22-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.