STEWARTVILLE -- A 13-year-old boy's therapy dog was found dead at the end of a neighbor's driveway Friday.

Olmsted County Sheriff's deputies were called just after midnight on Friday to the 100 block of 23rd Street Northwest for an animal complaint, Capt. Scott Behrns said. 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.

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 has no apparent injuries, Behrns said. There was no indication the dog had been shot or hit by a car. Behrns said the dog had "no visible trauma" but it was possible someone may have strangled the dog with their bare hands.

The woman reportedly told law enforcement she would pay for a necropsy to determine the dog's cause of death. Anyone with information on what may have occurred is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Behrns said law enforcement has been out to the area on a number of animal calls but said there were "not that many."

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.