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Dog has leg amputated after being zip tied

A Port Orchard family is devastated after their seven-year-old Border Collie “Blazer” was found yesterday in a forest area off of Birch Road in South Kitsap with all of his legs zip tied.

Kathleen Roller called authorities after her dog went missing sometime after Thursday, they found him three days later.

“I was involved in a serious car accident last Thursday that severed an artery in my right leg,” said Roller. “I was transported to a trauma center and when I didn’t come home, my dog went looking for me.” 

Roller and her husband David, posted flyers all over the neighborhood hoping someone had seen Blazer. While they were putting up flyers, Roller’s husband was approached by a man who lives on Birch Road and said he had seen the dog earlier that day. The man also told them the dog appeared to have wire ties tied around its legs.

“The zip ties were so tight that his back left leg had to be amputated in order to save his life,” said Roller. “Someone intentionally tortured and mutilated him, his foot was black and the size of a softball.”

The family was told By Dr. Christman at the Kitsap Veterinary Hospital in Port Orchard that it would cost $3000 for the amputation and agreed to accept $1500 before the surgery and $1500 in 30 days.

“I had to sell my wedding band and my computer just to cover the first half,” cried Roller. “I don’t know how we are going to come up with the second half. My car was totaled in the accident.”

The Rollers contacted Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies who came and took a report. According to the KCSO, they have not identified any suspects at this time but are continuing the investigation.

“I am hoping someone will help us with the rest of Blazers veterinary costs,” said Roller. “I just don’t know what we are going to do. I hope they catch the person responsible for this.”

To make a donation for Blazer, contact the Kitsap Veterinary Hospital located at 3036 Bethel Road SE, Port Orchard or call (360) 876-2021.

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