Ditched dog prompts cop investigation
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
September 22, 2011 · Updated 9:25 AM
An Oak Harbor woman is under investigation for leaving a dog to starve while her husband was on a military deployment, according to the Oak Harbor Police Department.
Police Chief Rick Wallace said a Navy man reported that he returned from a three-month deployment Sept. 16 to find that his estranged wife had left their dog, a lab mix named Mariel, alone in the apartment without food or water.
The dog was extremely emaciated and dehydrated; the chief speculated that the pooch may have been abandoned for a month or longer.
“Our animal control officer said it was the worst case of starvation he’s ever seen,” Wallace said.
The dog is currently being cared for at a veterinarian’s office and is expected to survive.
The couple was in the middle of a divorce when the woman left the apartment, apparently moving to another state. Wallace said the woman’s mother told the animal control officer that her daughter had made arrangements for someone else to care for the dog, but she didn’t know why that didn’t happen.
Wallace said all the water was gone from the toilets in the apartment and that a bag of dog food was on top of the refrigerator.
Terry Sampson, the animal control officer for Oak Harbor, is investigating the woman on suspicion of animal cruelty.
Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.