I'm so sorry for your loss that is horrible! However, I do need to ask, did a game warden or livestock-wildlife conflict person examine pumpkin?
Dogs have very different killing patterns from say, coyotes. They don't know what they are doing. And generally they don't consume what they kill. If the dog did not have blood on it I'd say that's reasonable grounds to require a proper kill investigation. I know you need to blame this on something right now but I am just thinking it may not be what it seems, even if the dog has a "history"
(I work in the wildlife conflict field)
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Firstly, Snowcow, I am a forensics major and I did think of all that.
The dog had up to 2 hours to clean himself. Pumpkin looked to be in full rigor by the time his body was removed as well.
Secondly, I could not get near him. He barked, skittered back and adopted an aggressive pose when I walked past. After I saw the body he got out under the fence and was on the road. I could not get near. Just because IDIDNT SEE BLOOD FROM A DISTANCE DOESN'T MEAN THERE WAS NONE.
Next, it was the owner who let the dog in the fence (right as AC pulled up ) who said thre wasnt blood on his dog.
When AC piicked up the body I asked if they would pump his stomach or reference DNA. She said "we arent a crime lab", and that she had no doubt he did it. I had plenty of footprints but no casting material, and even if I did, no paw to compare it to.
If Im not mistaken, I would guess the dog latched to Pumpkins left hind leg. The meat directly there under the anus was eaten down, and upward through the anus with a bit of white intestine trailing outward past what was left of his tail. I can send you the pics if you want to
I imagine he got excited, I doubt he got full from what was missing.I thought about calling AC to see if he shat out bits of my horses fur and tail. Its kind of distinctive...