Cookie’s story has sad ending
STEVENSVILLE — Cookie, the 11-month-old, female German shepherd mix, that went missing from her Love Point home March 13, was found dead Friday, March 24, near the pond next to the wastewater treatment plant on Bateau Drive in Stevensville.
A man who was walking his dog in the area came across the decomposing body around lunchtime and called 911, said Scott Haas, director of Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services, which oversees the Animal Control Office.
Animal Control Officer Derrick Leonard responded and was able to identify the dog’s body as that of Cookie, Haas said.
While Leonard didn’t see any obvious cause of death, the dog had been dead for a while, Haas said. The body was taken to a veterinarian from the Washington, D.C., area for an autopsy, he said, adding, Animal Control is working closely with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office and the State’s Attorney’s Office.
“We’re basically treating it as a criminal case until proven otherwise,” Haas said.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann said his office will help however it can with the investigation.
“We totally are animal lovers,” he said, and if there has been criminal action, he would like to see the perpetrators prosecuted.
Cookie is the fourth dog found dead in that area in the past year, Hofmann said.
The sheriff got Metro Crime Stoppers involved, and the organization is offering a reward for information leading to an arrest, Haas said.
Leonard is the lead investigator in the case and has been involved since the initial call to Animal Control on March 14. Cookie’s owner reported two dogs, Cookie and Scar, a sister/brother pair, had gone missing around 7:30 a.m. March 13. Just after dark that day, Scar was found on the family’s rear patio with a head injury.
The owner took Scar to the Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, where he learned Scar had suffered a gunshot to the left bridge of his nose.
Haas said he was told Scar is expected to make a full recovery.
“If anybody has any information, please contact Crime Stoppers,” he said.
Metro Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-866-756-2587.
Cookie, an 11-month-old German shepherd mix, was found dead Friday near the pond by the wastewater treatment plant on Kent Island. She had been missing from her Love Point Road home since March 13.