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Despite the offer of a reward, the shooting of a yellow Labrador Retriever on Bayshore Road in Oregon this summer remains unsolved.

The owners of the dog, Rocco, found shot to death in August, are hoping someone will come forth with information leading to the arrest of those responsible.

Cindy Mabus, daughter of Ron and Sally “Red” Kilburn, said her parents' dog was found dead on August 20, behind Oregon’s No. 3 Fire Station on Bayshore Rd., across the street from where they live.

“I am just blown away that someone would just shoot him,” Mabus said. “He would not have hurt a flea.”

Rocco was a seven-year-old, 80 pound love bug, she said, adding he would once in a while get loose from his yard, which is attached to her parents' business, Ron's Trailers, located at 4400 Bayshore Rd.

“He liked to roam the neighborhood,” Mabus said. “We never had any complaints from anyone about him. He just would not hurt anyone. The customers loved him. He liked to swim in the pond and meet people. I just can't imagine someone wanting to hurt him.”

Mabus recalled that she had just finished working and left the business earlier that evening. Rocco was in his yard at the time.

“The Oregon Police called my dad around 11:30 p.m. about the dog,” she said. “The officer met my mom and dad at the fire station. Everyone assumed Rocco had been hit by a car.”

But on Friday morning, when her father took a closer look at the dog’s body, he noticed a bullet hole in its side.

“He called the police and an officer came out to take a report,” she explained. Rocco, she added, bled to death internally. She said it appeared that the dog was trying to make it home when it collapsed and died.

Mabus said she called the police department again when she received information from the woman who had found the dog and called police. She also gave information to officers concerning a rumor that a man in the neighborhood had been shooting cats.

Oregon Police Chief Mike Navarre, said his officer had investigated the incident and filed a supplemental report on September 3. So far, the investigation has not yielded any suspects.

“We are not aware of any other problems and this looks like an isolated incident,” Navarre said. “The original officer, Ted Moore, has investigated and was able to find a neighbor who had been rumored to be hurting animals. There is no evidence that this man was involved. At this point we have nothing else to follow up on. We have no viable suspects.”

Mabus is offering a $500 reward for information concerning the shooting that leads to the arrest of the person or persons who heartlessly shot and killed the dog.

“I also have signs in front of my parents' business asking for information,” Mabus said. “He was so sweet. He loved people and people loved him.”

Navarre said if additional information is brought forward, the department will continue to investigate.

“If we get something, we will follow up on it,” Navarre said. “At this point there is nothing we can do without additional information. If anyone has additional information we encourage them to contact us immediately. It is unfortunate. I own a dog myself and I would be devastated.”

Gary Willoughby, executive director of the Toledo Area Humane Society, said Mabus had also contacted the agency's Cruelty Investigation Division. According to Willoughby, the agency spoke with the police department, but has not been able to investigate due to a lack of witnesses to the shooting.

“Cindy spoke to one of our officers and unfortunately there was no witness to the shooting,” Willoughby explained. “We have to have leads to investigate. The unit gets 2,000 calls per year and thankfully this type of thing is pretty rare. If we get more information, we will jump right in and investigate it.”

Please contact Cindy Mabus at 419 410-2815 if you have information about the shooting. Information can also be left with the Oregon Police Department at 419 698-7064, and with the Toledo Area Humane Society's Cruelty Investigation Division at 419 891-9777 or by emailing cruelty@toledohumane.org

 

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