Beloved ‘Mentor Dog’ Found Dead In Owner’s Car, Investigators Baffled (PHOTO)
(BANT) – The owner of a German Shepherd that mentored other dogs says her dog was found dead this past Friday in a vehicle on her property in Castro Valley.
Alameda County Sheriff’s officials say the dog, named Murfee, was stolen on April 30 from a secured, gated front yard near Palomares Road.
Owner JJ Jacobson told authorities that she drove the car where Murfee was found on Monday, and the dog was not in the car. Jacobson says people were near the car on Wednesday and Thursday and did not see Murfee inside. Then on Friday, Murfee was found dead in the back seat.
Sheriff’s spokesman J.D. Nelson said an investigation is stalled right now because there is no indication the dog ever left the property. Jacobson said a necropsy failed to determine Murfee’s cause of death. She says the veterinarian told her there was no obvious cause of trauma and that Murf was already dead when placed in the car.
Murfee mentored hundreds of rescued dogs that needed to learn how to get along with other dogs before they went into their new homes.
Murfee was once rescued after he was thrown against a wall as a puppy in a domestic violence incident. A few months later the owner gave up all rights to him as the domestic violence case was going through the courts and Jacobson, who has experience helping German Shepherds, adopted him.