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Dragged dog: Ugly act in a place of beauty


A truly ugly act took place this morning in a truly beautiful place: A dog was dragged two miles to his death at the Colorado National Monument near Grand Junction.

The dog — a German shepherd, or shepherd-blue heeler mix — was found with a silver and blue rope around its neck by the chief of maintenance at the monument about 4:30 a.m., according to a park press release.

“This was an incredible act of cruelty done to a defenseless animal,” Joan Anzelmo, superintendent of the monument told The Denver Post. “It is a sickening, sickening type of crime. We are leaving no stone unturned.”

In terms of despicability, we’d have to rank it up there with the dog thrown off a bridge in Lithuania — and it’s a reminder, too, that we in America, despite all the do-gooding when it comes to dogs, have a long way to go as well when it comes to protecting animals from the depraved individuals among us.

Anzelmo said tracks left in the snow clearly show the dog initially walked behind the car, then ran and then was dragged when it couldn’t keep up with the vehicle. Once dead, it was untied from the vehicle and dumped.

She said the dog was pulled up one of the steepest hills at the monument, through two inches of snow and multiple switchbacks, and either ran or was dragged as the car climbed 1,000 feet in elevation.

draggeddogThe animal was neutered and showed no signs of previous abuse, she said. A veterinary pathologist from Colorado State University will perform a necropsy on the dog.

Anzelmo said rewards will be offered to apprehend the persons responsible, and that some tips have already come in over a tip line established as part of the investigation:  970-712-2798. Callers may remain anonymous.

“The employees of Colorado National Monument are sickened by this heinous act and are determined to find the person who committed this cruel crime,” the park press release said.

(For subsequent posts and all of our coverage of Buddy, click here.)

(Photos: National Park Service)


Comment from Anne’n’Spencer
Time December 30, 2009 at 11:12 pm

How terrible. I’ve been there, and it really is a place of incomparable beauty. I hate to think of it defiled by such a hideous act. People who work in national parks are there to help and serve, and they’re generally wonderful at their jobs. I’m sorry they had to find this, and I’m sure they’ll leave no stone unturned. Whoever did this needs to be punished. It sounds as though they stole someone’s pet.

Comment from dennis knight
Time January 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

As a dog owner, a person capable of this act is capable of anything. His punishment should be equal to his act. Let’s stop being politically correct and send a message to these freaks and drag his ass. I would enjoy watching his skin ripped from his body.. How’s that?

Comment from Anonymous
Time January 8, 2010 at 7:13 pm

the question i have for who ever did this is why? Why would ny one do something like this? dog person or not this cant go unpunnished

Comment from Anonymous
Time January 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Disgusting, barbaric behavior. Whoever did this deserves whatever a judge can throw at them.

Comment from kathy quinn
Time February 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

When you think of the unconditional love and loyalty given to human beings by their animals, it is unbelievable that someone could perform such a disgusting and inhumane act. This person deserves to have the same done to them.