Police in Wallingford are investigating after a dog was found dead at a nature preserve on Thursday.
The dog was found wrapped in an old blue tarp, at the bottom of an embankment at the Tyler Mill Preserve, on Tyler Mill Road, having a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Police said the dog is described as a female brown Shepard mix and has two white back paws and appears to be about 1 to 3 years old.
The dog did not have any collar or tags, and appeared to have been healthy and was spayed.
The gunshot entry wound was found near the back of the dog’s head and exited through her front leg.
It appears the dog had been there for the past 24 hours.
"When we got the phone call, at first we were obviously a little bit shocked," said Animal Control Officer Katie Ehlers. "It's just so sad to see a dog die so young and it was just such a senseless death."
Police did not release any further information, other than the fact that they are trying to track down the dog's owner, although it is unclear if that is the person responsible for shooting the dog.
"This poor dog deserves either justice or we just deserve to know what happened to her," Ehlers said.
An accidental death has not been ruled out but police said the evidence shows whoever killed the dog tried to cover it up.
“The Tyler Mill Preserve is owned by the Town of Wallingford and is approximately 1,000 acres located on Wallingford’s eastside,” police said in a press release.
The preserve has miles of trails and is popular for hiking, fishing and mountain biking.
It is patrolled by police regularly.
Anyone with information should call the Wallingford Police Department at 203-294-2805.
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