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Case ID: 18300
Classification: Stabbing, Mutilation/Torture
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Reward: $2,500
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Saturday, Jul 16, 2011

County: Clackamas

Disposition: Open

Suspect(s) Unknown - We need your help!

A $2,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who mutilated and killed a jack russell terrier.

The Oregon Humane Society is offering the reward.

OHS says that the dog, named Spot, was killed sometime between 10 p.m. Saturday, July 16 and 9 p.m. Sunday, July 17 on SE Mountain Gate Road near SE Ross Road in Happy Valley.

The 14-year-old terrier died of blunt force trauma and was partially skinned, according to OHS.

"It takes a very violent individual to commit a brutal crime like this against a harmless animal. Crimes against animals frequently lead to crimes against people, and we urge anyone with information about this case to contact authorities as quickly as possible," said Sharon Harmon, executive director of the Oregon Humane Society.

The body of the mutilated dog was brought to the Oregon Humane Society for a necropsy, where it was determined that Spot suffered multiple wounds through the skin consistent with blunt force trauma and was mutilated post-mortem.

The necropsy was performed by Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS director of shelter medicine. Dr. Otteman ruled out the possibility that Spot had been attacked by animals.

Aggravated animal abuse (defined as maliciously killing or intentionally or knowingly torturing an animal) is a felony in Oregon, punishable by up to five years in jail. Spot's case is now being investigated by the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

"This is a very disturbing case because of the deliberate nature of the attack and the subsequent mutilation of the body. We hope the reward offered by the Oregon Humane Society will encourage anyone who has knowledge of this case to call our tip line," said Sgt. James Rhodes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

The public can call the Clackamas County Sheriff's confidential tip line at (503) 723-4949 with information about Spot's killing or any similar case that may have occurred in recent years. Confidential text messages can be sent to CRIMES (274637 on a cell phone keypad), with the keyword "CCSO" as the first word in the message. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #11-21463.

The Oregon Humane Society also investigates crimes against animals. Members of the public who see any animal they believe is not receiving proper care can contact OHS Investigations, (503) 285-7722, ext. 214, or use the OHS online animal cruelty complaint form.

If you have information on this case, please contact:
Clackamas County Sheriff


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