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1/11/2012 10:34:00 PM
$500 reward now offered in Cottonwood dog-shooting case
Buddy
Buddy

The Cottonwood Police Department is looking for anyone with information on the owner of "Buddy." On Dec. 30, an adult white male pit bull with black freckled ears was found on an off-road ATV trail on Old Highway 279 approximately 3/4 of a mile south of the intersection of Ogden Ranch Road.

A passerby initially found him sitting motionless near a bush, and upon further inspection, it was realized the animal was injured. He was found still alive after receiving what were believed to be two gunshot wounds to his head. The passerby transported "Buddy" to a nearby veterinarian hospital for treatment. He was stabilized through the weekend but unfortunately did not survive his injuries.

"Buddy was found wearing a harness which leads us to believe this animal has an owner," said Cottonwood Police Department spokesman Sergeant Gareth Braxton. "We need an owner to come forward to claim him to help provide a clearer understanding of what might have taken place. At this point, we have a lot of questions we need answered."

Braxton added, "A private citizen has agreed to offer a $500 reward for anyone providing information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case. Anyone with information on "Buddy" or his owner is asked to contact the Cottonwood Police Department or Yavapai County Silent Witness."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Article comment by: Derek Sailors

There is no place in the world (at least not in our community) where this cowardly act of cruelty should go unpunished. "Buddy" has touched a lot of our lives. After Glenn found him and before we heard of his death, like so many others, I couldn't wait to hug this animal and give him treats and toys. It still is painful to think of what he went through before he was found and given aid and shelter. To hear Glenn tell how Buddy nuzzled up to him to show his appreciation makes me very sad. If the abuser has been identified then justice needs to be served. Tarred and feathered isn't fair enough. A lifetime of community service at the Humane Society won't be either but is an appropiate step.

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Bailey

I know "Buddy's" abuser's have been identified to the police in person and via telephone by several people who know them well, yet there is no follow-up information as to what action has been taken. I'm hoping VI will stay on top of this story and keep us updated.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Article comment by: Emma Goldman

Neighbors,

Please come forward and provide information if you can. This type of crime isn't to be taken lightly nor should it be ignored. A dog today a child tomorrow.

To the VI, please keep this story alive.

To "Buddy", no one can hurt you now. Rest for awhile and then come back and haunt the soul of the person that did this.


Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Article comment by: Animal Lover

I have worked in many shelters in the last 4 yrs and have never met a mean pit bull. I have pure hatred to whoever did this to an innocent animal. I hope they are found and punished. This dog deserves justice even if people dont like its breed. Its a shame people go off stereo types and not the actual personalities from pit bulls. Shame on everyone who doesnt give them a chance they are some of the best dogs you can have.

Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012
Article comment by: Ken Wood

What is wrong with people in this valley? They can shoot dog's and deer to just let them die, no purpose to it!? Have some ball's and man up, if there was a reason let us know why you would do this so we can understand! Being an animal lover I consider the people behind this SPINELESS. I hope you get what's coming to you!!

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Article comment by: The Goatherder


While I'm less than fond of this breed, no animal deserves such treatment. Here's hoping somebody recognizes this dog and reports the scumball morons who did this to him.




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