Cops seek suspect in dog’s dragging death
Law enforcement officials Wednesday night were trying to locate the person they suspect dragged a dog to death behind a vehicle up Rim Rock Drive, Colorado National Monument Superintendent Joan Anzelmo said.
An anonymous tip line that monument officials set up early in the day yielded several tips that provided a variety of identifying details, Anzelmo said in a news release.
As a result, Anzelmo said no further tips were needed.
She also appreciated the public’s response, saying, “The outrage and heartbreak in the community has been huge.”
The dead dog was found about 4 a.m. Wednesday morning by a maintenance worker driving up the road to work, Anzelmo said.
Officials said tracks in the newly fallen snow indicate the dog was walking, running and then dragged beside a vehicle for about three miles before the animal was left for dead beside the road with a rope around its neck.
The adult, male blue-heeler and shepherd mix was dumped by the first tunnel at the monument’s west entrance.
Monument officials said the dog was probably in good health before it was killed, and it had developed a thick winter coat.
The suspect could face federal charges related to animal cruelty because the incident occurred on federal land.