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Family dog stabbed, mutilated in Happy Valley

UPDATE: The Oregon Humane Society offers a $2,500 reward for information
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A Happy Valley family is mourning the loss of their Jack Russell Terrier after the dog was found stabbed and mutilated Sunday night near their house on S.E. Mountain Gate Road near S.E. Ross Road.

The Oregon Humane Society offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.

'It takes a very violent individual to commit a brutal crime like this against a harmless animal. Crimes against animals frequently lead to crimes against people, and we urge anyone with information about this case to contact authorities as quickly as possible,' said Sharon Harmon, OHS executive director.

The body of the mutilated dog was brought to OHS for a necropsy, where it was determined that Spot suffered multiple wounds through the skin consistent with blunt force trauma and was mutilated post-mortem. The necropsy was performed by Dr. Kris Otteman, OHS director of shelter medicine, who ruled out the possibility that Spot had been attacked by animals.

Aggravated animal abuse (defined as maliciously killing or intentionally or knowingly torturing an animal) is a felony in Oregon, punishable by up to five years in jail.

The family, which doesn't want to be identified, said they had put the dog, Spot, outside for the evening on Saturday night as usual but that she couldn't be found the next day. Looking for her on Sunday night, they found her remains in tall grass just north of their property.

Clackamas County Sheriff officials said the dog, age 14, had puncture wounds and a large portion of her hide had been removed. A veterinarian later determined that the dog had been stabbed multiple times and mutilated afterward.

There were no witnesses and officials said that no evidence was found during a search by a CCSO deputy. However, the case is still under investigation.

The family issued this statement on Thursday through the sheriff's office: 'We are at a loss to understand how someone could commit such a horrible act upon a helpless animal. Our much-loved Spot was a 14-1/2-year-old Jack Russell Terrier. She was a very friendly dog, and even in her senior years, still enjoyed her life and human affection.

"We hope that the authorities will catch whoever did this so that no other pets or animals will be hurt. We are grateful for the many kind condolences we have received and, as a friend said, 'She will meet us in heaven at the end of the Rainbow Bridge.''

'This is a very disturbing case because of the deliberate nature of the attack and the subsequent mutilation of the body. We hope the reward offered by the Oregon Humane Society will encourage anyone who has knowledge of this case to call our tip line,' said Sgt. James Rhodes, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Members of the public are encouraged to provide tips and information regarding this crime through the confidential Tip Line at 503-723-4949, or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #11-21463.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. Send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on the phone keypad) with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body. For emergencies, call 911.