It turns out the dog found dead, tied to an anchor, in a central Minnesota lake in early August had been euthanized because she was suffering from a "serious illness," the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said Monday.
The sheriff's office ended up speaking to the owner of the female springer spaniel who was found in Point Lake, near the City of Willmar, on Aug. 1.
The dog's body was found floating in 6 feet of water, about 200 feet off the lake's north shore.
The owner told the sheriff's office the dog had been euthanized because she was sick, and they buried her in the lake because they'd gone there a lot to swim and fish.
A necropsy (an animal autopsy) was performed, but due to decomposition a cause of death couldn't be determined. The sheriff's office did say no physical trauma was found on the animal.
The owner, who wasn't identified due to pending charges, was cited for disposing of a dead animal in a lake, which is a petty misdemeanor that carries at $190 fine.
The sheriff's office had asked anyone with information on the dead dog to come forward, noting they tracked down the owner after following up on two anonymous tips they got.