Coquille Police have opened a full investigation into a case of severe animal neglect at a Baxter Street duplex. Around 10PM last evening, after repeated complaints from neighbors, police rescued a severely malnourished dog living amidst its own waste for as long as a month. Chief Janice Blue was on the scene and took possession of the female dog and it was given food and water and spent the night at the station. “I had to throw my shoes away,” said Blue.
The health department has been called to examine the apartment. Coquille City Manager Ben Marchant said the apartment may need to be quarantined.
A cat in similar condition was also discovered in the apartment.
The duplex is owned by a Lakeside couple, Danny and Adria Trail and is leased to Bobbie Brooks, assistant to the Coos County Commission. According to neighbors, Brooks’ daughter Katie had been living there until about a month ago. Police said there was no water available to the animals and the dog food was in a cabinet beyond the dog’s reach.
The elder Brooks was last seen entering the apartment on December 9 with a bag of dog food.
The emaciated animal has since been taken by Coos County Animal Control and is said to be receiving veterinary care.