- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a dog was found shot to death in a Wallingford nature preserve.

A volunteer steward of Tyler Mill was walking in the preserve around noon Thursday and found the dog wrapped in a blue tarp.

Wallingford Animal Control staffers were called to the mostly wooded 1,000-acre preserve.

Katie Ehlers, head of the animal control department, said the dog had a gunshot wound through the neck. The dog was a 50-pound female shepherd mix that appeared to be 1 to 3 years old. The dog did not have tags or a collar and is thought to have been in the preserve for about 24 hours.

A veterinarian performing a necropsy told Ehlers the dog suffered before dying and it was “definitely an act of cruelty.”

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