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Linn County family seeking answers after dog found dead in a bag

Bella was a beloved member of the Ray family.
Bella was a beloved member of the Ray family.(KCRG)
Published: Jul. 28, 2016 at 9:23 PM CDT
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A Linn County family wants answers after someone found their dog Bella dead in a bag near a river.

Ashley Ray says her dog may have somehow slipped out of her house earlier this week. Her family posted in Facebook groups, put up fliers and called local animal shelters searching for Bella. She says they searched throughout the night Monday.

On Tuesday she received a call from the Cedar Valley Humane Society asking her to come identify her dog.

"We went there, they took us in the back and my mom pulled the blanket off of Bella and she was still soft and she was so wet and she was so cold," Ray said.

A man who says he found Bella contacted TV-9. He says he wishes to remain anonymous, but says he found the dog near a creek off of Mt. Vernon Road.

She says her dog Bella was a companion and a beloved member of her family, and she says she doesn’t understand how anyone could do that to an animal.

"It's disgusting I don't know how anybody could take a poor, innocent, tiny dog that's not even seven pounds, tie their feet together, while they're screaming and crying and yelping for help, put them in a bag, take them and throw them in a river where they know that they are not going to be able to fight for their own life," Ray said.

She says her daughter shared a special bond with the dog.

"When she's old enough I'm gonna tell her she needs to know there are people like this out there," Ray said.

She says she hopes authorities are able to find the people who did it.

“I don’t think it would make me feel better because it’s not going to bring Bella back but I feel like Bella needs justice,” Ray said.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating how the dog ended up in the bag.