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Arrest made in Thurston County dog rape, murder

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THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. -

Authorities say an arrest was made Friday in Grays Harbor County in the case of a brutal rape and murder of a dog in Thurston County last month. The dog, formerly known as "Justice" but now identified as Diamond, was found hanging from a tree after having been raped in March.

The dog was restrained and according to authorities died from asphyxiation. Evidence suggested she was "severely sexually assaulted while restrained." 

After the case aired on Washington's Most Wanted last week, police received a tip that ultimately led to the arrest of a man with a long criminal history including domestic violence and burglary charges.

Diamond, a 3-year-old Pitbull mix, was a therapy dog for her owner's 8-year-old son as an emotional companion. The arrested man was a relative of the dog's owner. He had been temporarily watching Diamond while the owner looked for housing that allowed dogs, according to Thurston County Animal Services. Diamond had been staying with the man for about four days before she was allegedly raped and killed.

“This investigation was handled extremely well and because of that a suspect is now in custody,” said Pasado’s Safe Haven lead investigator.  “What this man allegedly did to Diamond is unspeakable; she suffered tremendously before she died.  This person is a danger to animals and people.  This will forever be a case that is burned into my mind and my heart,” she concluded.  “Diamond will never be forgotten, and she will continue to drive me to pursue the monsters who abuse and neglect animals.”

In an update posted on Pasado's Safe Haven's Facebook page, the organization reported the man was assigned bail of $50,000 Monday.

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