Crime & Courts

After pitbull-boxer mix found in cage inside dumpster, Wichita police arrest suspect

Wichita police have arrested a suspect after a starving dog was found locked in a cage that had been thrown into a trash dumpster.

Raykesha Raychelle Hardyway, 26, was arrested Monday by Wichita police and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on suspicion of animal cruelty, abandonment and an outstanding warrant.

The investigation that led to her arrest started at around 8 p.m. Thursday when the Wichita Animal Action League called police, WPD spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said in a news release. The nonprofit animal rescue group told officers that a pitbull and boxer mix had been found inside a cage that had been discarded in a trash dumpster in the 2200 block of South Oliver.

The dog was alive, but but was “extremely emaciated” and left in a kennel in the dumpster, Officer Kevin Wheeler said in a news release. The dumpster was at the Ashley Lane Apartments complex near Oliver and Pawnee.

The animal rescue said the dog, named Bowie, had been purposefully starved and weighed about half of what a dog of his breed and age should. He is expected to be ready for adoption in four to six months.

“Bowie hasn’t had a good life,” WAAL officials wrote in a webpage called Bowie’s Second Chance. “When you move too quickly he flinches and prepares to be hit. When he has accidents on the floor he runs away and hides in terror. But the minute you sit on the floor he’s in your lap and pressing against you as hard as possible. He wants nothing but love and to please you.”

Anonymous Crime Stoppers tips and witness interviews led to Hardyway’s arrest.

“We’re pleased that our citizens recognize the need to speak up to help solve crime,” Crime Stoppers Chair Stacey Kluge said in a statement. “This case touched a lot of people’s hearts, and we are glad that tips helped provide answers and hopefully some closure in this case.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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