Dog dragged to death |

Dog dragged to death

SUMMIT COUNTY – Sometime after 3 a.m. Friday morning, an allegedly inebriated man drove the 17 miles from Green Mountain Reservoir to Silverthorne dragging a dog hanging from a leash attached to his truck’s door.

Alex Jaeckel, the dog’s owner from Evergreen, said she was camping with a few other friends near the reservoir last Thursday when she decided to leave her dog outside for the night.

She thought the year-and-a-half-old Rottweiler would scare off the racoons that had raided the camp the night before.

Unable to tie the dog to her own car door handle, she fastened its leash to the handle of one of her companions’ truck, telling him twice that the dog was there.

“There was no talk of him going anywhere at 3:30 in the morning,” she said.

It was about that time when Jaeckel was woken by the sound of an engine starting and saw the man drive away with the dog still attached, she said.

“I saw him pulling out and I just didn’t run fast enough.”

According to Jaeckel, the man drove south along Highway 9 with the dog dragging from the truck. A woman in a passing car attempted to flag the the driver down, but he didn’t respond until after he had pulled into the 7-Eleven in Silverthorne, where she motioned toward the dog and left.

The man allegedly then left the dog in the convenience store’s parking lot, where it was discovered by the man’s cousin and another friend, both of whom had been camping with the group. Jaeckel said they followed a trail of blood to find the dog’s body next to the convenience store’s dumpster.

The two men then returned to the campsite to bury the dog before the driver of the truck showed up some time later.

“He was hemming and hawing and not giving a straight answer,” Jaeckel said. “He didn’t know we had the dog.”

Jaeckel said she returned home to Evergreen immediately and that the man left for Iowa the next day.

Summit County Animal Control officials said they are actively investigating the case, according to Lead Animal Control Officer Lesley Craig, but they would not comment further.

Jaeckel, for her part, has placed advertisements in the Summit Daily News in the hopes of contacting any witnesses.

“I’m sure that if anyone saw what they saw, they must be traumatized too and (any information) would help me and my family put some closure on this and help hold this man accountable,” she said.

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