Small family dog found dead, skinned in backyard

A small dog was found dead and skinned in Clark County on October 9. (Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A small dog was reportedly killed and skinned in an Oregon neighborhood on Sunday.

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.

John Gragg and his partner Susanne Baumann said they let their Lhasa Apso, “Mr. Magoo,” out to play on their six acres of fenced-in property at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, according to KGW.

Two hours later the couple found Mr. Magoo dead and skinned near the back fence. The fur on his torso and upper legs had been cut off in knife-straight lines.

“It’s perfectly square,” said Gragg. “It looks like something was stuck in the side of the animal which could have been a knife or a shot to put the dog to sleep. It looked very professional.”

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