Dog death not related to cat mutilations in Thurston County

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THURSTON CO. - The death of a dog discovered in Thurston County is not connected the the serial killings of cats in that county.

The sheriff's office said on Wednesday, the dog found skinned and dumped in the Nisqually fishing area was improperly disposed by a taxidermist.

The dog, a Burmese Mountain dog, was "legally and ethically euthenized" by a veterinarian. The family that owned the dog wanted it memorialized and hired a taxidermist to do that.

The sheriff's office said the taxidermist improperly disposed of the carcass once the skinning process was finished. He apparently was not aware of the recent cat mutilation cases.

Over the last few weeks, more than a dozen cats were found mutilated.

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