Update on missing pets investigation 1.25.18
UPDATE:JANUARY 25, 2018
This is an update to our 1-23-2018 press release concerning the found dogs.
On 1-24-2018, The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office sent several of the animals to a Vet’s office in Boise. We were able to obtained a Necropsy report on January 25, 2018.
The Necropsy reports indicate likely causes of death as “Blunt Force Trauma”. Blunt Force Trauma in this case can be caused from a Railroad Train, Car, Farm Equipment, or a similar circumstance. The report could not determine the actual manner of death. The Sheriff’s Office at this time feels confident that poisoning and dog fighting were NOT factors in either case.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to clarify an earlier news report, from an outside source, which stated that these animals were “dumped”. We have NOT determined how the dogs got to their given locations. The dogs were in the same general area but up to ¼ mile apart from each other.
The Sheriff’s Office would also like to remind citizens not to take any matter into their own hands and DO NOT give chase to any suspicious vehicle. Please do not trespass onto other people’s property and do not confront anyone. If you see anything please just call 911.
This is an on going investigation.
No further information at this time.
JANUARY 23, 2018
On Jan. 22 at approximately 12:26 p.m., the Elmore County Sheriff's Office received a report of multiple deceased dogs located on the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way.
The area was approximately 2.5 miles east of Mountain Home. Deputies responded to the area and located two dogs that were deceased. The dogs were positively identified by their owner.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., deputies were again dispatched to the area for a report of an additional two deceased dogs. The dogs were located approximately a quarter of a mile east of the first report.
Additionally a cat was located near the same area, but deputies were not able to determine if there was any connection between the dogs and cat.
The owners of the second pair of dogs have also been notified.
At this time, the Elmore County Sheriff's Office has only received reports totaling four dogs and a single cat. The Sheriff's Office has not been able to determine if any reports of missing pets are connected to the reports taken from Mountain Home Police Department.
Cause of death of all the animals are currently undetermined.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office is working closely with the Mountain Home Police Department and the Mountain Home Animal Shelter.
The Elmore County Sheriff's Office would like to remind pet owners to ensure the safety of their pets by keeping them inside of houses, secured in yards or in kennels.
This is an ongoing investigation. No further information is available at this time. If you have any information, please contact the Elmore County Sheriff's Office or the Mountain Home Police Department.