STEWARTVILLE -- A therapy dog that was found dead at the end of a driveway died of acute blunt force trauma after likely being hit by a motor vehicle, a necropsy determined.

Reading from a necropsy report complied by the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Olmsted County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Behrns said the pattern of injuries found on the 8-month-old Yorkie-Shih tzu mix was suggestive of a motor vehicle accident.

On Oct. 4, Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies were called just after midnight to the 100 block of 23rd Street Northwest in Stewartville for an animal complaint. A 32-year-old woman reported that her 13-year-old son let his therapy dog, Gizmo, out of the home around 10:30 p.m. and the dog took off running.

About an hour later, the 8-month-old Yorkie-Shih tzu mix was found at a the end of a neighbor's driveway dead. The dog had no apparent injuries.

Public Safety Reporter

Emily is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. A Minnesota native, Emily worked at two newspapers in New England before returning to the Land of 10,000 Lakes in July 2018.