Vet’s dogs killed, left in ravine in Whitewater

Animal control officials are investigating the gruesome claim of a Whitewater veterinarian, who believes two of her dogs that had accidentally escaped her property were intentionally killed and dumped in a ravine.

Nancy Myers, a veterinarian with Clifton Animal Hospital, said a rancher found her two missing pet dogs, which led her to their location in a ravine off Whitewater Road.

“One of my sons opened the kennel accidentally on Tuesday (April 30),” Myers explained. “The dogs left and we immediately started looking for them, with fliers and signs, and I went down to animal control every day.”

“But a rancher who was looking for cattle found them — somebody had caught them and killed them, and dumped them in a ravine,” Myers said.

Meyers posted an item Monday to the Mesa County Lost and Found Facebook page, eliciting dozens and dozens of comments expressing their condolences as well as outrage over what allegedly happened.

When asked if she had an idea about who would do this, or why, Myers said, “That’s all I can think about — non-stop. These were just pets. They were totally friendly, kind … one was just a puppy, about six months old.”

“It’s tearing me up,” she said.

Since the dogs seemed to have been left in the ravine for a number of days, it was difficult to tell exactly how they died, Myers said.

“It’s obvious (someone) just backed up to the ravine and dumped them,” she said.

Officials with Mesa County Animal Control confirmed Wednesday that their office has opened an investigation into the case.

When reached Tuesday, Myers said she was still waiting to talk with a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office investigator.

“I just wanted to make a report, you know, because if somebody is doing this, somebody needs to know about it,” Myers said.


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