The bodies of two German Shepherds were found alongside a Washington State road – and residents want to know who did this. KOMO 4 News reported today that two fully grown German Shepherds were found over the weekend in Kitsap County, Wash.
The dogs, who will be necropsied to determine their cause of death, were dumped where they would likely be seen. According to Amanda Jackson, who found the dogs on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., the animals had been thrown away like trash.
Jackson stated that she dropped to her knees in tears when she saw the dogs, who had been placed on a green tarp. A bloody mattress was placed on top of them. The dogs, who were near the edge of the Stottlemeyer trailhead near Poulsbo, were in full view for anyone to see. There was no apparent attempt to hide their bodies.
"Yes, very tough. Very tough to see," Jackson stated. "I don't know why here. Somebody wanted us to see this."
According to Jackson, it appears that the two dogs were both shot in the head – and veterinarian Jen Stonequist concurred that something traumatic happened to the beautiful animals. Dr. Stonequist will perform the necropsy to determine the dogs’ cause of death.
This case has been distressing for everyone involved. Jackson cried at the sight of the beautiful, dead animals, and Kitsap County Animal Control officer Chase Connolly called the case “very disturbing.” He stated: "It appears they died at that spot or nearby, or very close proximity to it. It's very concerning that they were dumped in a public area."
It remains unclear who killed these animals, but Washington State has strong laws to protect animals from cruelty and neglect. According to RCW 16.52.205 animal cruelty in the first degree, a person is guilty of animal cruelty if he or she intentionally inflicts substantial pain on, causes physical injury to, or kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering, or forces a minor to inflict unnecessary pain, injury, or death on an animal.
Victims of animal cruelty cannot speak for themselves. If you know who may have caused the death of these animals or dumped them, please contact the authorities immediately. To continue to receive features, information, and breaking news on animals in Seattle and beyond, please click the "subscribe" icon.