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Skinned dog found near Nisqually River came from corner-cutting taxidermist, deputies say

Couple shaken after discovery of mutilated dog near Nisqually River

A shaken Thurston County couple said they found a dead dog Friday evening that had been skinned, with its paws and tail cut off, at the wheelchair fishing access area along the Nisqually River. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
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A shaken Thurston County couple said they found a dead dog Friday evening that had been skinned, with its paws and tail cut off, at the wheelchair fishing access area along the Nisqually River. The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

The skinned dog carcass found along the Nisqually River last week was the work of a local taxidermist who improperly disposed of the remains of someone’s family pet, accordiing to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

Residents had found the dog on Oct. 5 along the Nisqually River in the 11600 block of Sixth Avenue Southeast. It had been skinned and was missing its tail. The body was turned over to county animal services for holding while an investigation was conducted.

A sheriff’s detective learned Wednesday that the dog was a Bernese mountain dog that had been euthanized at the end of its life. The dog’s family had chosen to have the body stuffed to commemorate the dog’s life, sheriff’s spokesman Tim Rudloff said.

The taxidermist cut corners, however, and, once he had skinned the dog, dumped the remainder of its remains along the river, oblivious to the spate of cat killings throughout the county in recent months and unaware of the concern it might create.

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The case has been closed, and no charges will be filed.

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