Dog shot 4 times, killed while walking near Cline Butte; DCSO seeks advice on finding a suspect

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“Our sweet boy will be missed forever,” says the owner

REDMOND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Savanna Richardson has walked with her two dogs, Mateo and Maverick, off-leash dozens of times in the Cline Butte area without any problems. But their New Years Eve trip turned tragic when someone killed Mateo, her Siberian husky four times, and then ran away.

“We’ve been there probably 50 times and never heard gunshots – never,” the “devastated” dog owner told NewsChannel 21. “Most of the time we also meet 8-10 hikers with their dogs. “

Richardson said Mateo, his pureblood red Siberian husky, often chases hares, while his husky lab, Maverick, “doesn’t go far from me.”

While off-leash dogs can draw criticism, Richardson said it was a good place for such activity and that “dogs deserve, when trained, to enjoy their element. He (Mateo) was no more than 100 to 150 yards from me, and he had his training collar on him.

She said the person who shot her “was hiding behind a tree and shot him when my dog ​​was about 20 meters away from him, while I found the casings and footprints in the snow that showed he had run towards my dog ​​after shooting him. “

Richardson said the gunman “then ran to his vehicle and sped out of there because he could hear me screaming, ‘Hope you didn’t just shoot my dog!’ I could hear him take off as I ran towards my dog! Heartbreaking ! “

Although Richardson did not see the person or the vehicle, she said it was probably an SUV or a pickup – “looked powerful and its spin marks show good size tires. “. She thinks her dog may have been mistaken for a coyote.

“We are heartbroken,” said Richardson. “A lot of people use the Cline Butte recreation area, the gravel pit road. They must all be aware and careful!

“Our sweet boy will be missed forever,” she wrote on Facebook, where she also posted a link to a GoFundMe page to help pay for cremation costs.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Harding said they received the call around 9 a.m. and MPs currently have no information about a suspicious or suspicious vehicle.

Anyone with information that could assist with the investigation has been urged to call the sheriff’s office at 541-693-6911 and refer to Case # 21-72336.

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