ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Animal Control officers are investigating the death of a dog found in the yard of a north Abilene home Monday night. 
An officer found the dog dead from “what appeared to be strangulation on a tether cord” at the home on the 1300 block of Cypress Street around 6:00 p.m., according to an Abilene Animal Control representative.
This representative told KTAB and KRBC the owner was not home when the deceased dog was initially discovered, so officers left the scene and did not enter the closed yard to collect the dog’s remains.
Abilene police received multiple calls about the dog throughout the night, so a few hours later, the Animal Control officer returned to the home and was able to contact the owner and remove the dog’s remains, collar, and tether. 
When asked if the owner of the dog could be facing any criminal charges, the Animal Control representative responded, “an investigation is open at this time.”
Director Mirenda Walden said the owner may have violated the City of Abilene’s tethering ordinance and a requirement to dispose of remains.  
Walden gave an update on the investigation Tuesday afternoon, saying the owner of the dog told officers he was unaware the dog was deceased.
One of the allegations Animal Control is investigating is how long the dog was deceased. Walden said neighbors report the dog could have been dead for days. 
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