VANCOUVER, Wash. - A Vancouver family said they found their dog dead and skinned in the backyard of their Salmon Creek home.
“It was just horrible,” said owner, John Gragg. “He was the nicest dog you can imagine.”
Gragg and his partner Susanne Baumann said they let their Lhasa Apso, "Mr. Magoo," out to play on their six acres of fenced-in property at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. They also released their pet Pomeranian, "Amanda." When they called their dogs in two hours later, only Amanda returned.
“Susanna ran up and said ‘you've got to help me, this is something really awful!’” recalled Gragg. The couple found Mr. Magoo dead and skinned near the back fence. The fur on his torso and upper legs had been cut off in knife-straight lines.
“It's perfectly square,” said Gragg. “It looks like something was stuck in the side of the animal which could have been a knife or a shot to put the dog to sleep. It looked very professional.”
The couple took Magoo's body to Columbia River Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver. “The vet said it was human-caused, clearly,” said Gragg. “There is somebody out there who's doing something very sadistic and cruel.”
The news is upsetting to neighbors, many who walk their pets around the quite, rural area.
“We're totally surprised and really, really shocked,” said neighbor Steve King. He and his wife own four Bassett Hounds.
“We’ll have them on-leash at all times,” added Karin Pearson-King.
Gragg said he tried to file a report with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, but said deputies refused to take one because the victim wasn’t human.
“It’s extremely concerning that law enforcement doesn’t seem to care,” said Baumann.
Gragg hopes pending necropsy results will convince Clark County Animal Protection and Control to open a criminal case. He said the county won’t pay for the necropsy, but needs proof that the injuries were caused by a human. He said he and Baumann will foot the bill.
In the meantime, they want everyone to know what happened.
“It might help someone else,” said Gragg. “Anybody who could do something like that could probably do anything as far as I'm concerned.”
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