WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a dog was found shot to death in a Wallingford nature preserve.
A volunteer steward of Tyler Mill was walking in the preserve around noon Thursday and found the dog wrapped in a blue tarp.
Wallingford Animal Control staffers were called to the mostly wooded 1,000-acre preserve.
Katie Ehlers, head of the animal control department, said the dog had a gunshot wound through the neck. The dog was a 50-pound female shepherd mix that appeared to be 1 to 3 years old. The dog did not have tags or a collar and is thought to have been in the preserve for about 24 hours.
Police were able to locate the owner of the dog in Chaplin. The owner told investigators that the dog had been missing for approximately one week. The owner is not suspected of any wrong doing.
A veterinarian performing a necropsy told Ehlers the dog suffered before dying and it was “definitely an act of cruelty.”
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