A sheet covers one of the dead dogs found last night.
UPDATE: The King County Sheriff's Office has confirmed what began as rumors: the dead dogs are actually coyotes. Not that that fact makes the case any less bizarre, just perhaps a fraction less tragic. No word on the where the clump of long golden hair came from though.
Susan Elzner, the owner of the Dog Spaw dog-grooming shop in Auburn, says the news makes her "sick inside." Three dogs, skinned, decapitated, and with the their tails and feet lopped off, were put on display near her business and the Draft Choice bar last night. And while investigators are thinking the mutilations were done out of revenge, Elzer can't imagine who it is someone could be mad at.
"I just don't know who on earth they could want revenge on," Elzer tells Seattle Weekly this morning. "It makes me feel sick inside--sickened and shocked."
Pasado's Safe Haven animal-shelter spokesperson Amber Chenoweth tells us that the three small dogs were recognizable, but that several pieces of flesh were also laid out, possibly belonging to a fourth dog, and that a massive wad of long golden hair was displayed too, possibly belonging to a golden retriever not found at the site.
Pasado's says they will give $5,000 to whoever turns in the culprits responsible for the mutilations, once they are convicted.
"They were laid out on the side of the road," says Chenoweth. "The first body looked like a dog laying on his side with his little back feet crossed. The middle one was sprawled open. The bodies were not cut open--it's like they were field-dressed, but not gutted. One of the most puzzling things was that there were pieces from another animal laid around; we believe there might have been a fourth dog."
Needless to say, the business owners are quite freaked out. Elzer said it's been a "horrible morning." And while the owner at the Draft Choice bar wasn't in, the concern and sadness in the bartender's voice was obvious when we called and told her it was about the dead dogs.
Interestingly, no one has yet reported any pets missing.