Graffiti Spray-Painted Dog

(SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE) - You usually see graffiti on the side of a building, but now a dog. That has a South Sioux City family angry after their pet came home spray-painted.

South Sioux City Police got a call Sunday morning from the dog owners saying their dog had run away. They said they were shocked by the paint on his back when he came home.

4-year-old Blaze is a dog any pet-lover could warm up to.

But on Saturday night, Blaze ran away for 8 hours and when he came back at 7 a.m. Sunday morning, he returned home spray-painted graffiti stretching across his entire back.

The community has expressed their utter concern and confusion about how this could happen.

"I couldn't believe it that someone tag a dog? It's just unbelievable what people would do," said Michelle Modlin.

"I'm a huge dog lover and I guess I'm just shocked. Why mess with a dog? Dogs do nothing to us. Therefore, we don't need to be touching dogs," said Kristin Nathaniel.

People on Facebook also spoke out.

Alicia Behrens wrote, "REALLY?? This is crazy......what is wrong with people?!?!"

Ray Orr said, "THIS IS SICK!!! What is wrong with society today that someone would do this???"

His owner and South Sioux City Police both aren't sure who could've committed such a cruel crime, but police said they're looking into all possibilities.

"I believe that I would like to see some type of animal cruelty charges in addition to any vandalism charges," said Investigator Jeanette McFee.

Police said the markings on Blaze are difficult to tell what was sprayed on his back.

"We cannot confirm that it was any kind of gang graffiti, not saying that it isn't, but we cannot confirm that it is," said McFee.

Other comments on Facebook focused on the people involved, not the dog.

Tyler Kruid said, "They were looking for attention and they got it. Look on the bright side. No animals were harmed in the making of this."

Brian Whaley wrote, "maybe I am the only one thinking this way but keep your dog on a leash!!!!"

Blaze's owner now can only hope someone comes forward to pay for the crime. After all, it took four and a half hours with mayo and olive oil to erase the evidence.

South Sioux City Police want anyone with information to call local law enforcement at (402) 494-7512, South Sioux City Animal Control (402) 494-7590 or Noah's Hope Animal Rescue (712) 253-8394.