UPDATE 2/8/2013: Owner arrested for Nov. 12 slaying of his own two dogs
Photos of victim dogs:
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-34107
On Thursday, November 15, 2012, at about 5:00 p.m., a resident of Eagle Creek called 911 to report that he had found his two dogs dead - presumably killed with an ax -- in a wooded area behind his property. The dogs had been missing since Monday, November 13.
Japheth (JP) Stalcup, age 25, called Clackamas County 911 to report finding his two missing dogs dead in the wooded area behind his house in the 24000 block of SE Sweetwater Ln. He told the dispatcher his dogs looked like they had been bludgeoned with an ax.
A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived and was told by Mr. Stalcup that his two dogs -- Duke, a black Labrador, and Buddy, a Labrador and Blue Heeler mix -- had been missing since Monday.
Mr. Stalcup had located both dogs down a steep embankment within 100 yards from his house.
The deputy was able to locate both of the dogs. Both Duke and Buddy had serious injuries consistent with Mr. Stalcup's belief they had been bludgeoned with an ax. The deputy also noted there were no other injuries on the animals -- ruling out the likelihood of a predator animal attack.
The bodies of both dogs were seized, and necropsies were performed by veterinarians at the Oregon Humane Society. The vets confirmed that both Duke and Buddy died from blows from some sort of sharp implement.
A deputy is assigned this investigation -- with potential charges of Aggravated Animal Abuse I in the deaths of both dogs.
JP Stalcup is willing to speak with media. Contact the CCSO Public Information Officer for contact info.
TIPS SOUGHT; REWARD OFFERED
The Oregon Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $500 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the suspect(s) in this case.
The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is also seeking tips and information regarding this crime.
Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-34107.
The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.
Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.
Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #12-34107.
Adam Phillips, Sergeant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office