LONGVIEW, Wash. (KOIN) — A Longview man seeking justice for his two dead huskies is one step closer after Humane Society investigators formally recommended criminal charges against a neighbor and her dad, who are suspected of taking and killing the dogs.
The Humane Society of Cowlitz County, which works with the Longview Police Department as Animal Control, believes that Marley and Link, both huskies, were shot, and then dumped in a nearby slough.
Owner Luke Moore said his 2- and 3-year-old huskies were home with him on a typical Friday, the night of September 6, when they accidentally got out and ran off. Longview Police said a neighbor and her dad spotted the loose dogs at John Null Park. The two believed Marley and Link mauled their cat 2 months earlier.
“Allegedly, my dogs had killed a cat around June,” said Moore. “If they did, I’m sorry, but it was never distinctly proven they did it. But from what I was told, it was because of that issue they decided to take it into their own hands and kill my two dogs.”
Humane Society investigators said the woman and her father put the 2 huskies in their truck and took the dogs home. They say that they called the Humane Society, but they claim when they didn’t hear back by 11 p.m. they decided to shoot the dogs, according to police.
“There was a lot more options than killing Marley and Link,” said Moore. “They took part of my family away.”
Authorities executed a search warrant for the suspect’s home on Wednesday afternoon, September 25. While the bodies of the two dogs were not recovered, a suspect did tell authorities that the bodies were dumped in the water off the boat ramp of Coal Creek.
“Still in shock really that someone could do that,” said Moore.
Volunteers have been searching in that area for Marley and Link, but there hasn’t been any sign of them. The owner said he wants justice, and his dogs home again.
“A lot of people have been out looking everyday. There’s still nothing,” said Moore. “Of course I don’t know if that’s actually where they were dumped or if they’re somewhere else. I would just like to have them home either way.”
The Humane Society has recommended that both the neighbor and her dad be charged with animal cruelty, theft, and failing to report animals to animal control, with an additional charge for one for illegally dumping in the county’s waterways. However, the prosecutor’s office has not made a final decision.
KOIN 6 reached out to the neighbor’s attorney, but have not heard back yet.
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