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Dog Found Severed In Somerton

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A dog was sawed in half and the upper portion of its body was left on the back porch of a Northeast Philadelphia home as an apparent message to the homeowner, officials said Monday.

SPCA officials said the body of a three-year-old husky was found severed on the back porch of a home on Byberry Road in Somerton.

The owner of the home, who does not own the dog, made the discovery.

“It’s very gruesome. It’s very scary. It’s a sign to me. If somebody’s disturbed enough to do that to a dog, what are they going to do to me?” said homeowner Sherri Verdon.

Verdon said she has “a very good idea” as to who committed the disturbing act. Verdon told Eyewitness News that a man who used to live next door to her in her old neighborhood is responsible.

Verdon said the man has been harassing her for more than three years and has poured motor oil on her home 10 times.

“The last time he left a lighter on the back deck. To me, I took it as a sign as next time, if he lights it, I have no way out,” explained Verdon.

The owner of the dog, Gabriella Ovadia, said her dog went missing Sunday evening.

A tearful Ovadia was at the Pennsylvania SPCA headquarters on Monday evening to identify her dog.

“We’ve had him since he was four weeks old. We got him from a breeder, he was a gift to the family,” Ovadia said.

A $1,000 reward is being offered in connection to the case.

Reported By: Valerie Levesque, CBS 3

  • LindaB


  • Gabriella Ovadia

    To Everyone Who Has Been So Supportive :
    I Gabriella Ovadia would like tothank everyone for your continued support, and we have good days and bad days.
    If there is anything new you will all see it on the news and on the internet right away.
    Once again, i can’t thank everyone enough for your continued support.

    Gabriella Ovadia “CHICO’S MOTHER”

  • baileykix

    Gabriella, has there been any new developments in the investigation? Just want to say how my heart goes out to you and your family over the loss. If you need anything, you can email me, or find me on facebook. Its the same name there, http;//

    • Gabriella Ovadia

      Dear Baileykix,
      I want to thank you for continue support regarding our Hero Chico. There are no new developments yet, but the whole city is active in the search. They will catch whoever did this.

      Once again thank you for your continue support. We’re waiting for the day.

      Thank you

  • Helene Goldberg

    My very deepest sympathy goes out to Chico and his family. The sick person who did this should get what he desrves. Chico was a beautiful loving animal. How could anyone do this to a beautiful dog like Chico. My heart goes out to the family. Chico and the family will be in my prayers.

  • baileykix

    How many feel the way I do? I will not rest until they find this monster and give him exactly what he deserves. No excuses, no slap on the wrist, none of that. An eye for an eye… a life for a life. Chico was a beloved family member to these people, one that I’m sure will be dearly missed for years to come. My sincerest condolences go out to Chico’s family. This should never have happened :(

  • Barbara Cooley

    I am so very sorry to the faamily of this poor dog, and to the homeowner who has had to put up with this crazy person. Does she too need to die before anyone helps her?

  • Chuck

    A beautiful dog that should be here today. My heart goes out to the family. God will take care of this person for he does not deserve to live. I was sick to my stomach when I heard this. The law has to get tougher on these sick people. This person should have already been arrested and locked up for keeps. In a mental institution. Better yet he should suffer and left for dead. Your dog is in pet heaven and I will pray that this will never happen ever again.

  • kutztownbob

    my heart goes out to the family. this is a horrific crime. the sick SOB will pay one way or another. may god help this family through this terrible time

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  • Aaron

    Unfortunately people like Scoff use venues like this post their own agenda which has nothing to do with this crime. The “Cool story” parts just negates any cause they may have wanted to support and they are really just trying to get a rise out of people. What a goober. There are people like Scoff everywhere, but the good news is for every one of them there are 100 more intelligent people who love both animals and humankind and hope for a quick and appropriate justice for the person who did this, and for healing to the victims. Please pass along our deepest sympathy from those who share this belief.

  • d

    sounds eerily like a man who stalked me for years in the same neighborhood… i’d love to talk to the family to see if it’s the same guy….

  • Bob

    makes me wonder ,,, what could a person possibly do to anger someone enough to do all these things to her.. The crime itself is gruesome & the act of a psycho. so what did she do to anger a psycho this much?. always keep crazies at arms length & let professionals handle it

  • Mike

    Amen Brother, my thoughts exactly!!

  • Spike

    Hey Scoff, I’ve been a vegetarian for 35 years, but I don’t think this is a “cool story, bro”
    You are as sick as the dog murderer.

  • shannon

    3 years of harrassment? What the H— are the cops doing down there waiting for dogs to be sawed in half?
    A more progressive Police Dept. would have taken the motor oil and lighter as a serious sign or threat of arson and attempted murder- they would have called in Forensics and likely captured this very ill and dangerous person.
    But hey, this is Philly!
    Here’s a clue… it before the lady is cut in half.

  • Spicki E

    “Keep a close eye on him”?? Are you kidding me??? The punishment for this should be simple: an eye for an eye! Whoever, or whatever, this ‘thing’ is that committed this horrible crime needs to suffer as much as that beautiful dog did. In my opinion, this ‘thing’ doesn’t deserve to breath anymore!

  • Sharon

    This is sick. People do this because they know they can. They are not punished or held accountable for their actions. If the laws were tougher, and the penalties were stronger, this would not keep happening. No one makes these sick people pay, and something has to change. What does it take to make people care, police and law enforcement care, and for laws to change. So very sad :( No one should be allowed to get away with this.

  • nau

    im ridin

  • Ronnie Ovadia

    yes it is very sad my sister is very upset with this… i am the owner of the dog… i never thought this would ever happen to him, he was still a baby to us…. i hope the guy that did this learns his lesson!

    • kate

      Ronnie, my condolences to your sister on her loss. It is one thing to lose a pet but another to know it suffered terribly is another. Hope he is put away for good. Why was he not arrested on the motor oil issues? Attempted arson is a serious offense.

    • Ally

      I hope they catch the SOB who was responsible and torture him. As an animal lover, I am so saddened by such cruelty and offer my deepest condolences to the family.

    • Alice Ong

      I feel really sorry for you and your family’s loss. This is a 12 year old girl typing this message for you. I love your dog. Chico is amazing. Tell this to your family,”We may lost Chico, but thank god I have you.” or “Memories like this one may haunt us..but we must love and move on.” I swear I won’t ever forgive….that killer who sawed Chico. Chico is an adorable loving dog. “I love you” quotes makes me wanna cry. I hope Chico is having fun in heaven by now, looking down at you and your family. I won’t ever give up supporting you Ronnie, because I’m not just only a girl. Maybe one of the nicest girls in the universe. We love you Chico! Don’t worry we will support you and your family!


    • Helene

      I am so sorry to hear about Chico. You and Chico will be in my prayers. I hope the sick person who did this gets what he deserves. Chico was beautiful!! LOVE

  • nichole t.

    this is so sad and disturbing. that poor beautiful dog did not deserve to be totured and hurt like this! the person responsible for the sick act has some serious issues and i hope he/she gets caught and seriously punished for this. that poor dog and his family =[

  • joan richards

    i hope the police do their job and haul that man in for questioning and then keep a close eye on him as he is very sick and dangerous.

    • Abby

      Just keep an eye on him? I think a crime of this nature warrants a harsher punishment than a “close eye on him.” This sick person sawed a poor animal in half and deserves a lengthy prison sentence and more. Very sick and dangerous, indeed. After all, isn’t torturing/killing an animal a precursor of becoming a serial killer? If he’s capable of doing this to a dog, then he’s capable of doing it to a human.

      • nichole t.

        couldnt agree more abby!

      • Patti Brown


        My sincerest, deepest condolences to you and your family over this tragic loss. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Patti

        Totally agree. But WHY won’t they bring this obviously sick person in for questioning, at least??? I don’t understand that.

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