(Salem, OR) – This morning, Willamette Humane Society (WHS) took custody of the body of a dog that was reportedly shot and left by the side of the road outside of West Salem on Monday, June 13th. Graphic images and reports of the dog continue to circulate on social media.
A Good Samaritan picked up the deceased dog around 1 am in the morning on Tuesday after seeing a post on craigslist about a dog allegedly shot in the face and dumped on the side of the road on Zena Dr in rural Polk County.
Later on Tuesday, the Good Samaritan brought the body of the dog to Salem Emergency Veterinary Clinic, where it was held overnight until Humane Society officials could claim it on Wednesday morning.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office received several second-hand complaints and inquiries from members of the public from late Monday and on Tuesday, but as the dog had been removed from the site of the incident on Zena Dr and contact information was unavailable or invalid for the Good Samaritan who picked up the dog, they were unable to follow up to inspect the dog, or check for a microchip, tags, or a collar to locate an owner.
Upon arrival at Salem Veterinary Emergency Clinic, veterinary staff were unable to locate a microchip for the unneutered, brindle pit bull. He also wasn’t wearing a collar or tags.
A Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputy met Willamette Humane Society staff on Wednesday morning to follow up on received reports, inspect the dog, and rescan for a microchip, but none was found. Willamette Humane Society veterinarian, Dr. Jacqueline Harter, performed a necropsy on the dog. While there was a superficial wound on the head of the dog, it neither penetrated the skin nor the skull, and was not a wound from a bullet. The dog had extensive bruising on its abdomen, and lacerations on its hind legs consistent with blunt force trauma from impact with a vehicle. The necropsy further revealed a spleen laceration and massive internal bleeding. The nature of the injury leads us to believe that the dog passed away quickly.
While we are relieved to learn that this dog was not shot as initial reports suggested, we grieve for his loss, and continue to reach out to members of the public who may have information about his owners, or the incident.
The dog will be held at Willamette Humane Society for his owners to identify and reclaim until the end of the day on Saturday, June 18, at 7 pm.
Please report or request additional information by calling 503-585-5900, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Willamette Humane Society (WHS) was founded in 1965 by local civic leaders to serve Marion and Polk counties, Oregon. In 2014-2015, Willamette Humane Society provided compassionate services to 8,255 pets and 65,417 people. WHS provides pet adoption services, shelters surrendered or homeless cats and dogs, teaches responsible pet care, behavior and training — and reduces pet over-population through its low-cost Spay and Neuter Clinic. WHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that relies on donor support and fees to accomplish its mission. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and includes a 35 FTE member staff, and 1,100 volunteers. For more information about Willamette Humane Society, visit whs4pets.org.
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