Still no arrest in Laurel animal cruelty investigation

The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
The entrance to the Main Road preserve. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

About six weeks after a 14-week-old puppy was discovered shot dead in a garbage bag at Laurel Lake Preserve, no arrests have been made, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed.

“It is still an ongoing investigation and we are still actively investigating,” Roy Gross, chief of the agency said. “We do certainly want to make an arrest in the case, but at this point there is nothing further that I can add.”

The puppy, a female border collie, was discovered by a man walking his dog on the evening of Oct. 16. It was found on the side of a path at the preserve in a shoebox, which was inside a garbage bag filled with sand, a Southold Town Animal Shelter manager said.

It 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 $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 still asking anyone with information to call us at 631-382-7722. All calls are kept confidential,” Mr. Gross said.