“Somebody has to be not quite right to kill an animal like that,” said Sgt. Adam Phillips, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. “Of course, when animals are old or sick, we have to put them down. But these were young, healthy dogs.”
Early last Thursday, JP Stalcup reported that he had found his dogs dead in a wooded area behind his house in the 24000 block of Southeast Sweetwater Lane. He told 9-1-1 dispatchers that it looked as if his dogs had been killed with an axe.
Stalcup told an investigating deputy his dogs — Duke, a black Labrador retriever, and Buddy, a Labrador and blue heeler mix — had been missing since Monday. He said he found them down a steep embankment about 100 yards from his house.
Phillips said the deputy was unable to find any other injuries on the dogs’ bodies, ruling out the likelihood that they were killed by a predator.
Necropsies were performed by veterinarians at the Oregon Humane Society. The examinations of the dogs’ bodies confirmed that both Duke and Buddy were killed by blows from some sort of sharp implement.
Oregon Humane Society officials are urging anyone with information in the case to contact them at 503-285-7722.
Meanwhile, Phillips said information will be taken on the sheriff’s confidential tip line, 503-723-4949.
Confidential text messages can be sent to CRIMES (274637 on a cell phone keypad), with the keyword “CCSO” as the first word in the message.