Cookie’s story has sad end­ing

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

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