It is a heartbreaking end to a Virginia family’s search for their missing dog. According to KFOR News, Ranger, a four-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever, disappeared on March 3 from his home in Isle of Wight County.
Hayden Coats had hoped that his dog had simply ventured off to explore a nearby swamp, but his mother found the dog’s body in a trash bag, tossed in a ditch, a few days after Ranger disappeared; the dog appeared to have been shot.
The Isle Of Wight County Animal Shelter has reached out to the public for help in finding out who is behind the shooting. On March 7, the shelter reached out to its Facebook followers with a request for information:
Animal Control is seeking help from our citizens in locating any leads to help bring closure for a family who has lost their dog-Ranger. The dog originally reported missing Saturday was located near the intersection of Reynolds Drive and Nike Park Road Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately Ranger was found in a trash bag on the side of the road deceased with potential gun shot wounds.
According to the shelter, weather elements prevented officials from retrieving any evidence from the bag that the dog was found in. The dog’s collar was discovered approximately a half mile from where the dog was dumped.
The shelter wrote:
Officers are diligently searching out any leads to anyone who may have witnessed this dog during his disappearance from Saturday March 3rd to Tuesday March 6th. This can help us determine an appropriate timeline of the whereabouts of Ranger.
We understand that sometimes when dogs are off the property of their owners they can act out of character that can make any person unfamiliar with dogs or behavior could act in self defense. Ranger was a large chocolate Lab wearing a bright orange collar with name plate.
In an effort to bring closure to Ranger’s family, the shelter is asking that anyone who heard gunshots (within the Carrollton/ Eagle Harbor/ Nike Park area) during the time that Ranger was missing reach out to Animal Control at 757-365-6318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with information.
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