Saturday, October 18, 2008

Austin, TX | Puppy found dead in dryer

KXAN.com - News, Weather, Sports - Austin, TX Puppy found dead in dryer

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) - San Marcos police and animal control investigators are trying to determine how a 10-month-old puppy died in a clothes dryer inside an apartment.
An investigation is ongoing into whether the death was an accident or a disturbing case of animal cruelty.
"It's very disturbing," said Animal Services Manager Bert Strattemann. "Anytime you see an animal in the condition that this one was, it's very disturbing."
A roommate of the dog's owner found the 12-pound miniature pinscher dead inside the dryer early Wednesday morning, police said. Witnesses tell investigators someone let the dog inside from the patio at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The puppy, Bentley, was found dead in the front loading dryer three hours later. The owner was asleep in a nearby bedroom.
"We are trying to determine if this was intentional or an accident," said Strattemann.
Four male roommates, including the puppy's owner, lived in the apartment at the Cabana Beach complex in San Marcos and shared the laundry facilities. Investigators are talking to all of the residents and guests who may have been inside the apartment Wednesday morning.
"At this time, it's an ongoing investigation," said Strattemann. "We're pursuing it heavily."
A necropsy performed by a local veterinarian determined the puppy died from trauma caused by being inside the dryer. If investigators determine this was not an accident, the suspect could face animal cruelty charges.
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