In late July, police officers and fire fighters rescued an injured dog in Post Falls, Idaho, and today, weeks later, it appears that the golden retriever mix was the victim of cruelty at the hands of a teenage member of his own family, reported Friday's KXLY News.
Last week, following an investigation by the Post Falls Police Department, a 14-year-old teen was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty for allegedly stabbing his mother's dog with a knife and pummeling him with rocks, before tossing the dog into an irrigation ditch.
Immediately following the rescue effort for the dog, who had been dubbed "Bridger" by veterinarians at the River City Animal Hospital, there was hope that he would recover and be transferred to an area rescue agency in preparation for adoption.
Unfortunately, just last weekend, the ailing dog had to be euthanized because of various medical issues.
Police interviewed the teenage suspect, who told them that he was "unhappy" with the dog in explanation for the cruelty which was inflicted upon Bridger. The unnamed teen was taken to the Kootenai County Juvenile correctional facility where he is still being held.
When Bridger was rescued from the irrigation ditch, his rescuers were applauded for their compassionate efforts. The dog had been hoisted into a basket to be walked out of the area and then he was transferred to a stretcher for an ambulance ride to a veterinary hospital.
Initially, animal cruelty was not suspected - the Post Falls Police Department had stated:
We do not believe the dog was shot it looks like he just fell down. If you have any information on who this dog might belong to please let us know.
Tips and the investigation led to a much darker scenario.
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