Dog found beheaded, maimed in Eagle County

Beheading appears human caused

EL JEBEL, Colo. - Authorities in Eagle County are investigating an animal cruelty case involving a small dog which appeared to have its head and a leg severed.

The carcass was found in Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel on Aug. 4.

Upon examination by veterinarians the dog appeared to have been approximately 2 to 3 years old and a breed of miniature pinscher or miniature pinscher mix.  The injuries appear to have been caused by a human and not an animal, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.    It released a photo of a dog that is similar to the one found mutilated.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone who has recently lost their family pet to contact them.

If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500, Eagle Valley Humane Society at 970-280-5738 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Crime Stoppers.