An Eagle Creek man, whose dogs had been missing for three days, found both dead — presumably killed with an ax — in a wooded area behind his property.

The grisly discovery was made Thursday, Nov. 15. The Oregon Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

Japheth Stalcup, 25, called Clackamas County 9-1-1 to report he located his dogs down a steep embankment within 100 yards of his house in the 24,000 block of Southeast Sweetwater Lane.

The finding left the Stalcup family fearing for their safety.

"I'm scared to live here," said Rose Stalcup, Japheth's wife. "My first thought was, 'We can't live here. If someone is capable of doing this to a dog, then are they capable of doing this to a person?' "

A Clackamas County sheriff's deputy responded to Japheth's call and confirmed that the injuries to the two dogs — Duke, a black Labrador, and Buddy, a Labrador and Blue Heeler mix — appeared consistent with Japheth's belief that they were killed with an ax.

The deputy also noted that there were no other injuries, ruling out the likelihood of a predator animal attack.

Veterinarians at the Oregon Humane Society confirmed that both dogs died from blows from some sort of sharp object. The perpetrator faces charges of first-degree aggravated animal abuse.

Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office's confidential tip line, at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form, When submitting information, reference the case number, 12-34107.

Tips can also be submitted by texting CRIMES (274637), with the keyword “CCSO” as the first word in the message body.

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