On January 5, 2010, a dog named Rigsby went missing from his owners backyard in northwest San Antonio, Texas.
On January 19, after days of searching for their missing pet, the Silva family identified Rigsby from a photograph of a beheaded dog that was uploaded online. Experts believe that he was beheaded while still alive.
After intensive investigations, the culprit was found to be Sarah Rodriguez, a teenager who believed she was a werewolf and went by the name Wolfie Blackheart. Local police were soon contacted and a worldwide outcry was quickly launched.
One World Conservation helped lead the campaign, although many were involved, and was a part of the following:
- Served on the Rigsby Justice Team
- Created an awareness program
- Launched a 24-hour silent protest on Facebook with over 10,000 participants
- Interacted with the local sheriff and animal control
Animal Control Investigators turned their case over to the Bexar County Sheriff department after a lengthy jurisdiction debate.
The Sheriff Department declined to move forward with prosecution, and the three women involved in the beheading were not prosecuted, although they admitted to the actual beheading.
Wolfie Blackheart continues to make headlines, recently regarding her involvement with suicide pacts in her wolf pack, which resulted in the death of three minors before being put to a halt by local authorities.
Rigsby's remains were never found, despite his family's pleas for their location, but he lives on in the memories of thousands across the globe who were moved by his case.