Authorities just across the Minnesota border in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, are investigating after a family dog was found dead.
According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, a dog was killed on Saturday, Nov. 24 near the 1800 block of 120th Street. The owner found the dog and reported it to the sheriff the next day.
It was first believed that the dog had been struck by a vehicle and then shot to end its suffering, but further information provided to the sheriff indicated that the dog may have been shot and then sliced or cut.
WCCO interviewed the owner who said the black Labrador was clearly shot with a high-powered deer rifle and had large sections of its body "skinned and mutilated."
The dog also wore an electronic collar with GPS tracking, which was found smashed and thrown in a ditch about 100 yards from where the dog's body was found.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Polk County Sheriff's Office at 715-485-8300.