UPDATE: Deputies seek tips in fatal shooting of dog near La Center
Roger, an American Eskimo, helped owner recover from stroke
Originally published May 11, 2011 at 8:42 p.m., updated May 11, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.
Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating the death of a dog killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday southeast of La Center — and another dog shooting in March.
Investigators, though, have virtually no leads and are hoping someone will call 911 with a tip leading to the assailant or assailants.
As of Wednesday evening, deputies had made no arrest and didn’t have the license number of the vehicle seen Sunday.
“The only thing we have was just the vague description of a vehicle of the one on Sunday,” Sgt. Scott Schanaker said. “There’s no suspect information or anything. We simply don’t have anything to go on.”
The vehicle seen Sunday was a dark-colored SUV that Jim Wilson saw speeding away from his home about 1 p.m., shortly after his 2-year-old American Eskimo, Roger, was shot.
Jim and Kim Wilson live in the 7000 block of Northeast Landerholm Road. They were getting ready for a barbecue when Jim Wilson heard Roger let out a pained scream. Kim Wilson picked the dog up and said he died in her arms.
Jim Wilson attempted to follow the SUV but was quickly left behind.
“It took off on Landerholm Road about as fast it could go,” Kim Wilson said of the SUV.
The Wilsons got Roger when he was 12 weeks old as a birthday present. Jim Wilson suffered a stroke two years ago and his wife said Roger has helped in his recovery.
“We’re hoping others that this happened to come forward and they get caught,” Kim Wilson said. “It’s heartless act.”
Another La Center-area resident, Nick Sievers, told Portland’s KATU-TV that his Doberman pinscher was shot and killed in his front yard. That happened about 2:30 p.m. March 23, Schanaker said. In that case, no vehicle was seen.
Shots reportedly fired at a dog near Fargher Lake on Sunday missed.
Kim Wilson said Deputy Ed Bylsma told her a small-caliber bullet was used to kill Roger and that the circumstances were similar to the failed shooting at Fargher Lake.
An employee with Clark County Animal Protection and Control said the agency had no information about Sunday’s shooting.
So far, it isn’t known whether the same person was involved in all of the cases.
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call 911 and leave a message for Schanaker, or call the sheriff’s office main number, 360-397-2211.