CLARK COUNTY, OREGON (WWBT) - A graphic and tragic story out of Oregon after a small dog was reportedly killed and skinned over the weekend.
According to NBC affiliate KGW, the brutal killing was reported to the Clark County Sheriff's Office Sunday, who admitted in a later Facebook post Tuesday that they mistakenly did not investigate the report.
"It has all the earmarks of an intentional act," remarked Undersheriff Mike Cooke.
"I'm at a loss right now to explain why we did not respond to this incident on Sunday when it was reported. I met with the family today after finding out this occurred and I feel absolutely terrible about what happened," he continued.
Officials are awaiting results from the dog's necropsy to confirm how the dog died.
John Gragg and his partner Susanne Baumann told KGW they let their Lhasa Apso, "Mr. Magoo," out to play on their fenced-in property at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday along with their Pomeranian, "Amanda."
When they called the dogs in, only Amanda returned.
"Susanna ran up and said 'you've got to help me, this is something really awful!'" recalled Gragg to KGW.
The discovered their beloved dog dead and skinned near the back fence. The fur on this 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."
Gragg added that the veterinarian told them "it was human-caused, clearly."
They tried to file a report with the Sheriff's Office, but Gragg told KGW that 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 on Monday.
Gragg told KGW 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.
While Baumann and her family are grateful someone from the sheriff's office finally stopped by, they're still can't believe it took so long.
"The amount of fighting we've had to do to have this investigated is obscene and we're already devastated and heartbroken. Now we're just trying to help and trying to prevent his from happening to somebody else," said Julia Sarver, Baumann's daughter.
In the meantime, Gragg and Baumann 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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