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PORTLAND, Ore. – Authorities are asking for information from the public after an apparently drowned Chihuahua was found locked inside a plastic pet carrier submerged in the Clackamas River.
The carrier was found Dec. 18 near the Carver Park boat ramp.
According to the Oregon Humane Society, the young female short-haired Chihuahua appeared to have died recently. She was not spayed and seemed to be well groomed and in good health. The dog had brown fur with black markings and a black muzzle. She wore a collar with no tag, and had no microchip.
The OHS is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the dog's death.
Placing a live animal in a river with the intention of killing the animal is a felony under Oregon law.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the OHS investigations department at 503-285-7722, ext. 214. Information can also be reported online.