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Police arrest owner in dog killings


Owner arrested after admitting his guilt to police

Nearly three months ago, Eagle Creek resident Japtheth Daniel Stalcup, 25, called police to report that two of his dogs had been brutally butchered with an axe.

It was Nov. 15 when he told authorities that he had found their bodies in a wooded area behind his property.

Police responded with an investigation, and word of the killings reached members of the news media, who descended on the property to interview Stalcup and his family about the startling incident.

Stalcup regaled reporters with stories about the dogs, Buddy and Duke, and the cherished memories his family had of the creatures. His young son was interviewed by multiple news outlets about his reaction. Rewards for information about the killings were offered by the Oregon Humane Society and California-based nonprofit organization In Defense of Animals.

“I want them to find the guy,” Stalcup said in an interview with the Estacada News.

It turned out that police didn’t have to look far to find the culprit.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Stalcup for two counts of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and initiating a false police report.

The arrest came after Stalcup confessed to slaying both of the dogs, concluding the three-month investigation into the incident.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office, Stalcup said he could not afford to care for the dogs any longer and knew of no other alternative. The Clackamas County Sheriff would encourage any pet owner who can no longer care for their animals to contact the local animal shelter or the Oregon Humane Society at www.oregonhumane.org or call them at 503-285-7722.