Beloved dog found skinned

VANCOUVER, Wash. (KGW) – A Vancouver, Washington couple is searching for answers after they found their dog dead and skinned in their backyard.

“It was just horrible,” said owner, John Gragg. “He was the nicest dog you can imagine.”

The brutal killing was reported to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, who on Tuesday admitted in a Facebook post they mistakenly did not investigate the report.

“I’m at a loss right now to explain why we did not respond to this incident on Sunday when it was reported,” said Undersheriff Mike Cooke. “I met with the family today after finding out this occurred, and I feel absolutely terrible about what happened. It has all the earmarks of an intentional act.”

Gragg and his partner Susanne Baumann said they let their Lhasa Apso, “Mr. Magoo,” out to play on their six acres of fenced-in property at around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Two hours later the couple found Mr. Magoo dead and skinned near the back fence. The fur on his torso and upper legs had been cut off in knife-straight lines.

“It’s perfectly square,” said Gragg. “It looks like something was stuck in the side of the animal which could have been a knife or a shot to put the dog to sleep. It looked very professional.”