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Rescued dog put down

Police seek latest owner, say abuse charges possible

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Posted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 am

POST FALLS - The injured dog rescued by firefighters and police two weeks ago from a ditch at a Post Falls park had to be euthanized during the weekend, police said.

Post Falls Police Capt. Greg McLean said a detective has been focusing solely on the case and abuse charges against the latest owner of the male Labrador mix are possible.

"We're still trying to locate who could have dumped the dog," McLean said. "We're getting bits and pieces (of information) from kids all over the area and there's a lot of finger-pointing."

The dog, given the nickname "Bridger" by Post Falls police, was rescued by Kootenai County Fire and Rescue and Post Falls police after being spotted as motionless and dehydrated by a pair of teenage hikers in a 6-foot-deep part of Corbin Ditch on July 21. He was taken to River City Animal Hospital.

McLean said personnel with a pet rescue nonprofit made the decision to have the dog euthanized.

"The decision was made based on the pre-existing conditions of the dog, its age and not doing better," he said. "It had become very lethargic."

McLean said it's unclear just how old the dog was. He had multiple medical issues, including a degenerative hip problem. McLean said it appears that injuries due to age, not abuse, led to the dog's death.

"It just wasn't doing well and couldn't get up," McLean said.

When he was found at the park, the dog had injuries to his head, legs and back, but X-rays showed no broken bones.

McLean said police located the original owner of the dog, an elderly man who recently had to be put into a care facility and couldn't keep the dog. He is not a suspect in the case, McLean said. The man recently released the dog to another Post Falls resident, McLean said.

McLean said police believe they know who the latest owner is, but declined to release any information, citing the ongoing investigation.

Several people stepped forward to take in the dog, but police believed it was best to not release him to a new home with the pending case and his condition.

McLean said the community has done a great job of giving police leads in the case.

"When something like this happens, it's just not right," McLean said. "We need to find out what happened and why."

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  • Rydeen posted at 12:49 am on Thu, Aug 7, 2014.

    Rydeen Posts: 1

    Two eyes, try reading the article prior to posting.... The police had no say in putting the dog down. It was the organization that took possession of the dog after it was rescued. Also, it is rather disgusting that this article has comments while the one about the double homicide does not...

    "McLean said personnel with a pet rescue nonprofit made the decision to have the dog euthanized."

  • idahodoglover posted at 9:03 am on Wed, Aug 6, 2014.

    idahodoglover Posts: 6

    If there were kind souls willing to take in this poor old unfortunate dog, why in heaven's name were they NOT allowed to? Because 'the police' said 'due to his condition and the pending case'... I can perhaps understand 'the condition' I CANNOT understand 'the pending case'... But also a kind word to those who helped and did the best they could for this poor soul. It pains to think the old fellow who released him to another finds that this was his fate.

  • 3GenNative posted at 3:00 pm on Tue, Aug 5, 2014.

    3GenNative Posts: 191

    Response does not apply to this situation.

  • dfg posted at 12:19 pm on Tue, Aug 5, 2014.

    dfg Posts: 165

    I wish people would read an entire article carefully then comment. The dog is now pain-free, something we all want.

  • Two Old Eyes posted at 11:13 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2014.

    Two Old Eyes Posts: 163

    Police kill another dog in Post Falls.

    What gives the Police the right to just say pull the plug and no one can help.

    Post Falls Police are just Like Coeur d'Alene. They don't give a dam about animals.

    Shame on You Mayor Ron for not stepping up to give voice to the poor dog..

    Instead you work two jobs and really don't give a dam about who helped you into office.

    You just have a P.A. to just tell people that want to speak to you that their wrong, Ron Jacobson Your doing a poor Job for Your Community. Your just Inept as you staff.

    There where people wanting to take the dog and give him the help he needed. One was me and the Police just want to kill another dog. Post Falls has no right to speak for the animal.

    You just can't trust the Police in Post Falls or Coeur d'Alene to do the right thing.

  • 3GenNative posted at 9:32 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2014.

    3GenNative Posts: 191

    Excellent letter, I agree. Sad.

  • SamuelStanding posted at 7:33 am on Tue, Aug 5, 2014.

    SamuelStanding Posts: 588

    There are still individuals who feel they can "put down" an animal on their own. Truly showing the ineptness of using a gun and dumping an animal to suffer and wonder why their human left them, and others wish them harm. I hope you find these people and there are charges levied. Assistance with euthanasia exist, botching and causing suffering and tourment are not acceptable. May karma step in and level the playing field with these/this moron(s). Poor puppy.

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