From the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputies last week responded to a report of a dog being dragged by a vehicle on East Eckman Creek Road near Waldport. The caller reported a blue Chevrolet S10 pickup occupied by two males was southbound on Eckman Creek Road dragging a dog tied to a rope attached to the inside of the pickup bed. The dog was reportedly dragged on the roadway for approximately two miles while the caller made several attempts at alerting the driver. The dog finally slipped loose from the rope and came to rest in the roadway. The vehicle continued southbound away from the scene. The caller stopped to assist the dog and remained on scene until deputies arrived.
A Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Deputy responded to the scene to assist with the injured dog. The animal services deputy took possession of the dog, a one year old Australian Shepherd female mix, and transported it to Grove Veterinary Hospital in Newport for treatment. Deputies continued searching the area for the vehicle but were unable to locate it.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by Grove Veterinary Hospital and advised the dog was unable to physically endure the amount of treatment (including surgery) it needed due to the extent of her injuries and was humanely euthanised.
Following the report from Grove Veterinary Hospital, deputies were contacted by one of the dog owners, an adult female. Deputies were able to identify all parties involved in the incident and have contacted and interviewed the driver of the pickup.
This is an active investigation with the Sheriff’s Office and will be submitted to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s Office for review and determination of possible criminal charges.