Police: Bodies of 8 dogs found on Grey Cloud Island in Cottage Grove
An investigation is underway in Cottage Grove after eight dogs were found dead Sunday afternoon.
Cottage Grove Police say an officer found the dogs around 12:30 p.m. in the tree line along Grey Cloud Island Drive South near Grey Cloud Trail South. The spot is between a large culvert and the bridge on Grey Cloud Island.
All of the dogs were smaller breeds, including at least one Schnauzer, police say. The dogs are believed to have ranged in age from puppies to adults.
Authorities say no one has claimed the pets nor were there any collars or identifiers.
The Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley says they will be performing the necropsy, which is the autopsy for dogs. Police expect to get an update on the results this week.
It’s still uncertain whether the dogs died in the city of Cottage Grove. Police say whoever committed the crime could face felony charges.
“We really realize that this evokes quite a bit of an emotional response from people,” said Cottage Grove Community Engagement Officer Dan Shoen. “We don’t know the full details yet but what I do know is if people can’t take care of their animals, please don’t’ do this. We have people that want to help you and want to take your animals.”
Police add they believe the dogs weren’t left there long before the officer found them and are asking anyone in the area who saw a vehicle stopped around that time to contact Officer Tou Vue at 651-458-6052 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
The Animal Humane Society is helping police in the investigation.