Frisco animal cruelty case victim disappears
FRISCO – Minouche Herrmann-Tross rolled into Summit County two years ago with all her belongings piled high in her car. She didn’t know a soul, and her only friend was a 3-year-old, dark gray, silky-eared Weimaraner named Trinity.”I got her in New Hampshire where I used to live,” said Herrmann-Tross, who now lives in Frisco. “I’ve had her for five years, and she’s been with me every step of the way.”The canine friend that’s been by Herrmann-Tross’s side for the past five years is now missing, and she suspects the disappearance is related to a larger case of animal cruelty.Eight months ago, she came home to find a BB lodged in Trinity’s leg. The dog had spent the day outside in the fenced-in yard.
“She had a little hole in her leg. I squeezed behind the wound, and the BB just popped right out,” Herrmann-Tross said.A month ago, Trinity had another BB wound, which she reported to the Frisco Police Department. Herrmann-Tross said the dog was inside the fence all day, and the shooter had to shoot directly into the yard to hit her pet.”I couldn’t see the BB this time, but it was the same-sized hole. She limped for days.”Herrmann-Tross said she frequently hears people shooting in the forest near her Third Avenue home. Responsible use of BB guns on U.S. Forest Service land is permitted, but shooting BB guns in the town of Frisco is illegal, as is shooting into any residential area.
The animal cruelty case was still under investigation by Frisco police when Trinity disappeared Saturday.”I put her out in my yard at 7 a.m., and when I came back at 3 p.m., she was gone. It could be unrelated, but there’s no way of knowing,” Herr-mann-Tross said.Herrmann-Tross said her fence is too high for Trinity to jump, and there was no sign of burrowing or scratching anywhere along the fence.”I just fixed my fence two weeks ago, and it isn’t bent anywhere. Neither of my dogs have the urge to get out – they have a dog house and they’re happy back there,” she said.
Herrmann-Tross has spent the past three days searching, hanging up posters and calling animal shelters around the state, but hasn’t found any clues on Trinity’s whereabouts. But she’s hopeful she’ll get to the bottom of the situation.”She’s a very sweet little dog. I’m hoping someone will call me.”Anyone with information about Trinity can call Herrmann-Tross at (970) 668-1448.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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