DNA tests show latest Waddy attacker is a dog

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By Lisa King

A DNA test of a sample of saliva from a mutilated calf killed April 17 in Waddy – the latest in a long string of animal maulings – has narrowed down the species of the killer to a dog.

“It is definitely a domestic dog,” Animal Control Supervisor Rusty Newton said.

However, Newton said the test was not sophisticated enough to identify a specific breed of dog.

“Wacko,” a pit bull that was cleared as a suspect in the mutilations and killings that took place in November, December and January, is no longer a suspect, and Newton said the investigation is continuing, although no further town meetings have been scheduled.

Newton said he wanted the community of Waddy to remain vigilant, as there is still the possibility of future attacks.

“This is not over,” he said.

Meanwhile, a former attorney-turned-sports radio host said he planned to check out the situation personally by camping out overnight on May 18 in the area of the attacks.

 “We’ll probably see if we can find some place around Ditto Road,” said Matt Jones, who heads up Kentucky Sports Radio on the Web on a radio network, including WKJK-AM (1080) in Louisville.

Jones said four other people from his show plan to accompany him on the event in a two-fold effort to learn more about the maulings and to get feedback from the public about what they think about the situation.

“I think we’re going to invite listeners to stop by, not to camp out, but just to stop by and say hello,” he said. “That’s our plan as of now.”