Puppy killing raises questions
Four pups crushed, no suspects, as of yet
Greg Marsten | Staff writer
AMERY – Polk County authorities are investigating the apparent killing of four puppies at a rural Amery residence last weekend. According to reports, the four puppies, of two different breeds, were apparently killed at the residence at 1162 65th Ave., when someone broke into the family's detached garage and crushed or hit the tiny dogs with an object. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Sheriff Peter Johnson said there are no suspects, as of yet, and the investigation remains open as to who may have committed the crime.
"(The reporting party) says an unknown person came up their quarter-mile-long, unplowed driveway and killed the puppies," he said. "Somebody was home at the time, but they didn't hear or see anything."
Three of the tiny dogs were Alaskan huskies and one was a chow chow. The report stated that no other items were found missing or out of place.
"The deputy that took the report saw no evidence which would lead to a suspect," Johnson stated. "There were no tire or foot tracks in the area that stood out. The deputy suspected that they died of possibly blunt force or a crushing-type trauma."
A teen girl at the residence reportedly races sled dogs and was raising the three huskies for mushing. The dogs were approximately 6 weeks old, and the chow puppy was apparently a Christmas present.
"(The reporting party) had no suspects as to who may have done this or why," Johnson added, refusing to speculate on possible scenarios.
The investigation remains open, and the sheriff's department is seeking any and all information on the matter. Anyone with information on the puppy deaths is asked to call 715-485-8300. All tips can remain anonymous.