PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A small dog was reportedly killed and skinned in a Oregon neighborhood on October 9.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death, which was reported to deputies but not initially investigated.
The Sheriff’s Office says animal cruelty is a crime and it’s law enforcement’s responsibility to investigate.
“I’m at a loss right now to explain why we did not respond to this incident on Sunday when it was reported,” Under sheriff Mike Cooke said in a press release. “I met with the family today after finding out this occurred and I feel absolutely terrible about what happened. A deputy sheriff is now conducting a full criminal investigation and we are also in the process of determining why there was no initial response.”
Deputies say it does appear to be a human-caused death and a forensic exam will determine exact cause of death.
The department asks anyone with information to call 877.274.6311.