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Tualatin man accused of using a hatchet to kill his dog

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TUALATIN, OR (KPTV) -

A dog owner is in trouble for allegedly killing his own dog with a hatchet.

Tualatin police said Leroy Moffitt, 43, is facing aggravated animal abuse after they found the dog's body in a dumpster.

The Washington County Animal Services was able to locate a microchip under the dog's skin, which usually helps reunite owners with their pets.

In this case it helped police locate the owner.

Tualatin police said they found the body of a large Labrador retriever in the dumpster at the Rivercrest Meadows apartments on Thursday afternoon.

Once police and animal services arrived on scene, they were able to determine that the owner of the dog was Moffitt, who lives at the complex.

Police said Moffitt admitted to them that he had used a hatchet to kill his 13-year-old dog earlier in the day but they're not saying why he killed the dog.

Neighbors who live at the complex are shocked by what happened.

"I saw blood on the dumpster and it was terrible," said Mike Diedrich who lives nearby, "It disgusts me. I mean dogs are a part of your family, you don't do that."

Moffitt was released on his recognizance but is expected to be back in court on March 26.

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