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ST. MARYS — The Auglaize County dog warden is seeking the public's help for any tips leading to information regarding the drowning death of a caged dog in Grand Lake St. Marys.
"We will need help from the community and the citizens," Dog Warden Russ Bailey told The Evening Leader. "We have some people of interest, I am not calling them suspects at this time."
Bailey said he would like to speak with Mardie Biederman and Nicole Thompson, both believed to be in Florida. However, Bailey said the two have been known to visit Rustic Haven Campgrounds.
"There are some things on the cage that led us to them," Bailey said. "Again, I am not saying they are suspects, but we'd like some information from them."
Grand Lake St. Marys State Park officials received a phone call from the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office on Saturday reporting a dog had been found drowned inside a cage near Rustic Haven Campgrounds. The dog, a white, female pit bull or pit bull mix with black spots, is believed to have recently given birth to a litter of pups.
"If anyone knows of a dog matching this description, we'd really like to have that information," Bailey said. "They can remain anonymous if they want."
Bailey, who has been dog warden for six years, said this was the first time he can remember an incident of this magnitude happening in the region.
"I started in 2008 and retired from the St. Marys Police Department and this is the first time I can remember something like this happening," Bailey said. "It's just pretty brutal to do to this dog."
There were no other signs of abuse on the dog. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Bailey at 419-302-8303 or the Auglaize County Humane Society at 419-738-7808.
"If anyone has information they might think will help, please give us a call," Bailey said. "I would appreciate it."