Provincial police in Oxford County are investigating after a dog ran off into a wooded area where it was later found dead with an injury from an “unknown projectile.”
Police say a resident was walking their large husky on the Limestone Valley Trail, which begins off Domtar Line north of the Thames River in Beachville, on Sunday when the dog ran off into a wooded area.
The owners searched the surrounding area but were unable to find the dog, police say.
On Monday, police say the owners went back to the area where the dog first ran off and found its body near an old rail line where they had been walking.
According to police, “the dog appeared to have suffered an injury by an unknown projectile.”
A Facebook post from the group K9 Ground Search — Elgin/Middlesex says a dog named Bobear had gone missing on Sunday and included an update on Monday saying the dog’s body had been found.
“He was shot and has sadly succumbed to his injuries,” the post said.
OPP did not confirm the dog’s identity but said the deceased animal was described as a husky. Police also add that exactly what kind of projectile was involved in the incident is unknown at this time.
An investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).