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Dog shot, dumped in Wallingford nature preserve

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Police in Wallingford are investigating after a dog was found dead at a nature preserve on Thursday. (WFSB) Police in Wallingford are investigating after a dog was found dead at a nature preserve on Thursday. (WFSB)
WALLINGFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Investigators continue to search for a person they said shot a young dog and dumped its body down an embankment at a Wallingford nature preserve.

Police said their investigation has revealed that the pet suffered and did not die quickly.

Wallingford Animal Control Officer Katie Ehlers said she’s seen many troubling cases, some of the victims of which were housed at the Municipal Animal Shelter. However, she said she’s seen few as disturbing as this case.

"It's just so sad to see a dog die so young and it was just such a senseless death,” Ehlers said.

A passerby spotted a tarp on Thursday afternoon, according to police. It was at the bottom of the embankment at the Tyler Mill nature preserve.

Inside was the body of a 2-year-old shepherd mix that had been shot in the head.

"This poor dog deserves either justice or we just deserve to know what happened to her," Ehlers said.

Ehlers said she believed the dog was healthy at some point. She said perhaps it was someone’s pet who suffered an awful fate and an apparent effort to cover it up.

Police said the bullets that struck the dog were not hunting bullets.

They did say that there’s still a possibility that the shooting was an accident. Dumping the body in the woods, however, was not.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wallingford Police Department.

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