RUTLAND, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A dog was found along River Road in Rutland and police say that someone killed the animal. The animal control officer in charge of the investigation says that the dog likely suffered shortly before its death and they are looking for the public's help in finding the alleged killer.
It was a normal evening for Paul Aquino when he was walking one of his four dogs on River Road.
"We got around the corner from my house and my dog was acting very fidgety, there was something bothering him," Aquino said.
When Aquino looked over, he knew why his dog was so bothered. A yellow lab lay dead just a few yards off the road.
"The dog had bite marks all over his neck, all over his throat; head. There was a slide mark where somebody had dragged him down the hill. And it's just real bothersome that someone would do something like that," Aquino said.
Rutland Regional Animal Control Officer Laura Pease said that the lab was about 70 pounds, and between 6 and 10 years old. She says the dog appeared to be well fed and taken care of prior to his death, but had no collar or microchip.
"I can tell you by looking at the dog, that is was not hit by a car. And that it did not die there and that it was moved to the place where it was," Pease said.
Pease would not release the cause of the dog's death before an necropsy is completed, but she does say it was definitely killed and hadn't been dumped long before Aquino discovered it.
Residents in the area are stunned.
"People always drop off strays out here. It's just terrible. They don't take care of animals. They don't realize how important they are and they can really add a lot to our society and make you feel better," resident Kevin Murphy said.
The necropsy will be performed Monday and Pease says she's working with the Boston Animal Rescue League on the investigation, but they need your help. If you have any information about this yellow lab or where it might have come from, contact Rutland Police.