Cookie died from gunshot
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.