Reward offered in burning and decapitation of Centralia dog

The Chronicle, CentraliaOctober 16, 2013 

Centralia-An animal protection organization is now offering a $4,600 reward for information leading to the arrest, prosecution and conviction of the person or people responsible for killing, decapitating and burning a dog in Centralia.

Pasado’s Safe Haven announced the increased reward Tuesday after previously offering $2,500.

Police have said they have no leads into who is responsible for cutting the dog’s head off, putting its body on train tracks, lighting it on fire and then burying its head under a few rocks near downtown Centralia.

The headless body of the dog was discovered shortly after 1 a.m. Aug. 31.

Firefighters discovered the dog - which was a large, brown lab mix - wrapped in clothing placed in a plastic bag after someone called to report a small fire on the train tracks at the end of Walnut Street in Centralia.

After fire crews discovered it was a dog’s body that was lit on fire, they contacted law enforcement.

Investigators are confident that the dog was not hit by a train.

According to Pasado’s Safe Haven, the 1 1/2 -year-old dog named Crom was owned by Tim Filer and Michelle Nelson. They reported him missing Aug. 30, the day before the body was found along the railroad tracks.

Pasado’s Safe Haven requests that anyone with information regarding the death come forward and call Pasado’s Cruelty Investigations Line at (206) 300-7218, or email kimk(at) All tips will remain anonymous.

For further information on Pasado’s Safe Haven, visit

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