Lauderdale County authorities say they are no longer conducting an animal cruelty investigation involving a skinned animal missing its head because it was determined to be a coyote.
The animal was found on County Road 14/Waterloo Road in the Wright community around noon Thursday. The animal's body is now in the possession of animal control.
The classification of animal dictates what charges a suspect may face. It is unknown if this incident is related to a Colbert County case where a fisherman located a skinned coyote in early December. The person who did this could potentially face an illegal dumping charge.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office and Animal Control are leading the investigation.