Detectives are reaching out to the public for help after a 28-year-old woman returned to her Sunnyside home on Sunday and found her puppy hanging from a noose attached to its dog house.

The 4-month-old puppy had an orange wire leash tied around its neck that had been attached to a 2-by-4 length of board in the backyard of the East Dortha Avenue residence.

"Even though it's a misdemeanor, we want the public to know that we're taking it seriously," said Sgt. James Jackson of the Flagstaff Police Department. "We're asking for the public's help. We're doing everything we can to solve this case and assist the victim."

The woman had left for Sedona at about 8 a.m. on Sunday and returned home at about 2:30 p.m. She cut the dog down before police arrived and placed it in a large dog food bag so that her children wouldn't see the animal.

The woman said she had no idea who could have killed the puppy, but said that police had been at her home approximately two weeks earlier after someone complained about her dogs barking.

An officer could not find any record of a prior incident.

The puppy was described as being a mixed-breed with white fur, brown ears and spots above its eyes.

Anyone with information can call Silent Witness at 774-6111 or (877) 29-CRIME and remain anonymous.

Eric Betz can be reached at 556-2250 or

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Re: "Puppy found hanged from own doghouse": Seems very odd that the police would have no record of the prior complaint. This, combined with the recent incident in which an officer killed an injured dog by stomping on it, does not make the police look good when it comes to handling animal cases. The article mentions "dogs." Did the woman have more than one dog? Are the other dog(s) at risk? Barking dogs can be a real nuisance. But killing a dog is not the answer.

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