In Bastrop County, Texas, a family’s beloved six-month-old Great Dane puppy was stolen from their backyard as they were just finishing up a birthday celebration for their five-year-old son.
According to KxanNews, the puppy’s owner, Robert Carnline went outside to bring the dog named Landon into the house and realized he was gone. The family searched the entire neighborhood – yelling out the puppy’s name and asking anyone if they had seen their dog. No one had seen him. And now the story gets bizarre. The next morning Landon was returned, however he had “horrible” injuries and so the family rushed him to the vet.
“Landon was taken from our back yard, someone busted our gate and we have evidence of him being dragged out of our back yard. (Foot prints, landons foot prints and drag marks),” Michelle Carnline wrote.
After a thorough examination, the veterinarian stated the injuries had been caused by the dog having been dragged. The puppy suffered lacerations to the inside of his left leg, deep abrasions along his back and deep wounds down to the bone on his paws. As the family tried to figure out what could have happened to their puppy, they also found a note apologizing for Landon’s injuries.
“My son took your dog. We will punish him accordingly. I do apologize again. Please don’t get the police involved. He’s just a kid,” the note read.
The Bastrop Sheriff’s Office is investigating and stated the responsible person could face two misdemeanor charges – animal cruelty and theft.
The family is asking for the community’s help identifying the person responsible for stealing and hurting Landon. They plan to install a security system with cameras to keep this from happening again. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family with the puppy’s medical expenses. The puppy underwent surgery and is expected to make a complete recovery.
(Photos of the Great Dane puppy via family submitted and GoFundMe page)
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