On October 15th, the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office received a report of possible animal cruelty at a residence on Belfast Road in Litchfield. The person reporting the crime advised deputies that their dog had been shot, and it appeared to have been skinned.
In the course of the investigation deputies found evidence that the dog was likely shot on the back patio of the home, approximately 300-yards away from where deputies discovered the remains.
Deputies found what appeared to be a bullet entrance and exit wound and the skin from the sides and back of the dog had been removed; Deputies believe the skin was removed by use of a knife due to the precision cuts.
One other dog belonging to the reporting party died around the same time period under suspicious circumstances, and a dog belonging to another resident in the area is missing.
Deputies received information that there may have been an older model Buick or Oldsmobile in the area of Center Road and Belfast Road around the time that the dog was believed to have been shot.
If you have any information related to this incident please call the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office at (530) 257-6121.