Deceased dog found in GF apartment with no food or waterPolice are investigating the discovery of a dead, emaciated dog in a Grand Forks apartment, Lt. Grant Schiller said Friday. A property manager reported that he found the body of the 5-year-old female Pekingese on Wednesday in a rental unit at 2324 Sixth Ave. N.
Police are investigating the discovery of a dead, emaciated dog in a Grand Forks apartment, Lt. Grant Schiller said Friday.
A property manager reported that he found the body of the 5-year-old female Pekingese on Wednesday in a rental unit at 2324 Sixth Ave. N.
“There was no food or water in the house, and there also appeared to be no water in the toilet,” Schiller said, adding that there were feces throughout the apartment.
He said the dog looked malnourished but that two veterinarians who examined the animal could not say for certain how it died. The vets told police a dog like the one found, when living, should weigh 15 to 20 pounds.
“The weight of this dog was 6 pounds,” Schiller said of the animal’s corpse.
An officer reached the dog’s owner in Minneapolis by phone, and the owner told the officer he did not know his dog was dead and that his friend was supposed to be caring for it. The owner, who authorities declined to name, had not been living in the apartment for some time and had told his landlord he would return this month to move out.
On Wednesday, the property manager, Patrick Severson, was checking to see if the apartment had been vacated when he discovered the deceased dog in an open closet.
“Sickening, I suppose, is how you would sum it up,” Severson said.
Severson, who works for Cambridge Property Management, said the odor in the apartment was rank. “It wasn’t absolutely overpowering; it just smelled,” he said.
Schiller said a neighbor had complained to apartment management a month ago about barking coming from the unit, and three weeks ago, the neighbor noticed whimpering but had not heard anything since.
A police report lists the offense in this case as “cruelty to animals,” but officers are waiting to interview the dog’s owner in person before submitting their findings to prosecutors.
So, while it’s not clear whether the owner or anyone else will be charged, Schiller said, “something like this is probably not going to go away.”
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