A school janitor found a family's pet mutilated Monday one day after it disappeared from the family's yard.
The janitor at Rex Putnam High School found the dog in a field near the school tennis courts. Investigators said the dog was stabbed in the neck several times and his coat had been cut from his body.
Willard Marr, who lives in Milwaukie, said he's still trying to understand why someone took his Boston terrier named Bandit.
"You just wonder how much the dog suffered, you know," Marr said.
On Sunday night, Marr let out Bandit to use the bathroom in the back yard. Unlike other nights, the dog never came back. Marr said he waited up all night and canvassed the neighborhood, but there were no signs of Bandit.
The following morning, he showed up at the Humane Society where he received the news.
"They called us in the back and told us what they suspect happened," Marr said. "That's when we first found out what happened to him."
Lead animal cruelty investigator Bonnie Helzer said it's a case unlike any other.
"It's a fact that often people that are violent and cruel to animals are violent and cruel to people," Helzer said.
Helzer said it's possible the dog's killer may have kept the coat as some sort of a souvenir.
Marr, meanwhile, said he will only remember the good times he shared with his dog. He hopes his dog's killer will be brought to justice.
"I hope he gets the maximum that the law allows if they find him," Marr said.
The Oregon Humane Society has offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. To submit a tip, use the Humane Society's Animal Cruelty hotline at (503)285-7722 ext. 214.