Man finds severed head of dog at Colorado park

EL JEBEL — Authorities said a man found the severed head of a dog at a park in a small town in Colorado and are looking into what led to the decapitation.

The head was found Sunday in El Jebel, south of Glenwood Springs and about 175 miles west of Denver.

Authorities said the rest of the animal’s body has not been found, and there was no evidence another animal was responsible. The remains were turned over to Eagle County Animal Services, which is handling the investigation.

A man called authorities and said he found the carcass lying on the grass east of the tennis courts at Crown Mountain Park. He was not identified.

Robert Hubbell, a board member for the Crown Mountain Parks and Recreation District, described the discovery as “just awful.” He said that as a dog owner, he was especially troubled by the news.

“That’s one of the great things about Crown Mountain Park, how friendly we are to pets,” Hubbell said.

The man reported the gruesome discovery to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, which has a substation near the park.

He described the dog as a short-haired, mixed breed, probably between 12 and 18 pounds. Its face and head were black with brown accents around its ears and muzzle.


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