BAKER COUNTY – Between August 27th and August 30th, 2020, the Baker County Sheriff’s Office investigated several complaints regarding the suspicious deaths of dogs in the community of Haines, Oregon. It was reported three dogs died within a 24 hour period. One complainant reported two of his dogs died between August 27th and August 29th. On August 31st, Deputies responded to Haines for a report of a dog suffering from seizures and in obvious distress. The dog was transported to the animal Clinic in Baker City but was deceased upon arrival. Deputies canvased the neighborhood, going door to door, contacting residents and handing out flyers asking residents to keep their dogs contained in their yard and to watch for symptoms. The Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with personnel in the Animal Investigation Unit at the Oregon Humane Society, and the Animal Clinic in Baker City has taken samples from some of the deceased dogs. These samples have been sent to an out of area laboratory for analysis. The number of deaths reported to the Sheriff’s Office totals 6 and is contained to the community of Haines.
Residents are encouraged to closely supervise their dogs while outside. If your dog exhibits symptoms such as heavy panting or convulsing, take them to a veterinarian immediately.
This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information about these incidents, contact Dispatch at 541-523-6415.