Cookie died from gun­shot

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­

STEVENSVILLE — Re­sults are back of the necropsy on Cookie, the 11-month-old, fe­male Ger­man shep­herd mix, that was found dead Fri­day, March 24, near the pond next to the waste­water treat­ment plant on Bateau Drive in Stevensville. The ex­act cause of death was de­ter­mined to be a gun­shot to the head, ac­cord­ing to Beth Malasky of the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser vices.

Cookie and her brother Scar had gone miss­ing from their Love Point home 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. Cookie was no where to be found.

The owner called An­i­mal Con­trol the next day.

On March 24, a man who was walk­ing his dog near the waste­water treat­ment plant 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.

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 got Metro Crime Stop­pers in­volved, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion is of­fer­ing a re­ward for in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to an ar­rest, Haas said.

“If any­body has any in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Crime Stop­pers,” he said.

Metro Crime Stop­pers can be reached at 1-866-7562587.

Leonard is the lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor in the case and can be reached at 410-758-2393.

Cookie, an 11-month-old Ger­man shep­herd mix, was found dead March 24 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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