In case you missed the story late Friday about an emaciated dog found in West Seattle and the reward “up to $2,500″ offered for any information leading to who’s responsible – we just talked with Seattle Animal Shelter director Don Jordan to ask some followup questions. Read on for what we found out:
First, some who commented on Friday’s story wondered about the circumstances of the dog’s death after it was found. Jordan confirms it was euthanized – after animal-control officers picked it up, responding to a report by someone who said “a very sickly, very thin dog” had turned up on their property (in the 9400 block of 26th SW), a vet told them it was too emaciated and “already close to death” and that euthanization would be the best thing.
The biggest question: Is there any chance the dog had simply been wandering and unable to find food for so long that it was not deliberate? “We’re not ruling that possibility out,” said Jordan. “At this point in time, we know so little, we’re trying to ascertain if people saw this animal on anyone’s property, in a particular location, or out wandering about.”
(Here again is a link to a photo of the dog while it was in the clinic.)
He did disclose that a “former owner who now lives in Eastern Washington” had been found before last week’s news release, and she claimed that “the dog was lost at least 30 days ago.” However, he added, it did not appear she had been “making concerted efforts to find it, which is unfortunate.”
While again stressing that they just don’t know yet what happened here and are hopeful some information will emerge, Jordan added that there have been cases in the past where animals with owners have been “intentionally starved,” so they want to find out if that was the case here, or not.
If you can help with the investigation – here again is the essential information from the end of last Friday’s news release:
If you recognize the dog and have seen him or know where he has been over the past several weeks please call Seattle Animal Shelter Enforcement Supervisor Ann Graves at (206)386-4288. The case number is 5319. Any information about the dog’s whereabouts is vital to helping determine the circumstances around the dog’s condition.
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