The 14-week-old puppy discovered shot dead in a garbage bag in the Laurel Lake Preserve Oct. 16 matches the description of a dog reported missing by a Laurel teenager days earlier, according to information obtained from the Riverhead Animal Shelter.
The teenage girl, who lives on Peconic Bay Boulevard, filed the report for the missing puppy, a female border collie named Casey who had not been micro-chipped, on Oct. 12. The dog had been missing since Oct. 8, according to the report.
A man who answered the door at the Peconic Bay Boulevard home Friday afternoon confirmed the family had lost its dog.
“They are missing their dog, and are just trying to move on,” said the man, who identified himself as a family friend and declined to give his name.
Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the investigation is ongoing.
“The most important thing is to find the person responsible for the heinous act of cruelty,” he said. “We’re looking at a possible felony charge on this, due to the fact that the dog was shot and killed.”
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting the puppy found in Laurel, according to the SPCA.
“We are asking anyone with information to call us at 631-382-7722. All calls are kept confidential,” Mr. Gross said.