TUCSON – A Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputy patrolling the area near Marana made a gruesome discovery.
Det. Ted Noon said he found the remains of a dog in the Blanco Wash in the vicinity of Gatling and Musket roads on April 4.
He said the carcass had a turquoise-green dog collar and a rope tied to its neck. It was suspicious enough for the deputy to call Pima Animal Care Center and the forensics unit.
They also found the rope was tied tighter on the neck than the dog collar.
He does not know who the dog belonged too or how long the remains had been in the wash. However, Noon said there were maggots on the carcass.
News 4 Tucson went to the neighborhood adjacent to the wash and showed some of the residents a picture of the dog collar.
Barbara Clark said she did not recognize the collar, but she said it was an expensive one. She said she believes the owner cared for the dog. When she learned more about the circumstances, she said, “That’s disgusting, it’s horrible, I don’t know of anybody that would treat an animal like that.”
Another resident who asked not to be identified said he did not recognize the dog collar either.
“You go find the person who it and you put the rope around his neck and put him in the same place,” the resident said.
Noon is asking for anyone with information to contact the sheriff’s department or 88-CRIME. He said animals are voiceless victims and it is only reasonable that they are protected under the law.
He said there is a direct correlation between people who abuse animals and people who abuse people.
Clark said it is important to find the person responsible because they could be doing this to other animals.