Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Sheriff lacks leads in dog-burning case

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office is still investigating the killing of two dogs and the burning of a hunters' camp near Carey last month but have so far been unable to identify who did it.

"We've still got officers working on it, but we don't have any solid suspects," sheriff's Lt. Steve Harkins said Monday.

The incident occurred the afternoon of Oct. 16 in Bown Canyon near Fish Creek Reservoir northeast of Carey. Two women hunters reported that their large tent was destroyed by fire and two dogs left at the camp were shot in the head and their bodies burned along with the tent.

The investigation was compounded because it wasn't reported until a few days later.

Harkins said a "white four-by-four" that was seen in the area at the time has been eliminated as a suspect vehicle. However, investigators have not located a "cherry-red" pickup with dual wheels in the back that was seen leaving the area pulling a large white or silver horse trailer.

"We really don't have any solid leads," Harkins said.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Harkins at 788-5515.

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