Suspect reward increased to $5,000 after severed dog’s head found in park

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DENVER –The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said the reward has increased in the search to find a suspect in the death of a dog found at a public park.

The severed head of a dog described as a miniature pinscher or miniature pinscher mix was discovered at the Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel on the morning of August 4. After examining the dog, veterinarians said the animal appears to have been 2 to 3 years old.

A man who asked not to be identified discovered the head lying on the grass east of the park’s tennis courts about 7:20 a.m. and called police, according to the Aspen Daily News.

The head was not in a state of decomposition, he said. He also reported that the cut appeared to be precise and he noticed no blood or bite marks that might indicate an animal attack, the paper reported.

Eagle County Animal Services is handling the investigation. They believe the dog’s injuries appear to have been caused by a human and not an animal.

Authorities said tips that lead to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved could result in a reward of up to $5,000. If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500.

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