A nearby resident’s dog was whipped shortly before the University of Idaho murders

The couple’s dog was killed and skinned just 5 kilometers from where the four University of Idaho students were brutally murdered in their home, leading locals to fear a connection between the two attacks.

Buddy, a 12-year-old Australian Shepherd who belonged to Pam and Jim Colbert, was left with only fur on his legs and face when he was killed after they let him out of their Moscow home on October 21, the Daily Mail reported.

“One of them was like a deer he’d hunted,” Pam, 78, told the news outlet. “They wounded him around his neck and only skinned him. His little legs were fur and his little face had fur in it, but the rest of his skin was just skin.”

“The other side of it was as if they had mutilated it as if they were about to eat it,” Pam told the Daily Mail. “They cut it up like you filleted a fish. We found his collar, but no leather. “

The Lata County sheriff’s deputy, who photographed the dog’s remains, confirmed that the killer was human, according to the report.

The pathological crime was committed 23 days before Madison Muggin, 21, Kylie Goncalves, 21, Ethan Chapin, 20, and Zana Kernodel, 20, were hacked to death in their off-campus home about three miles away.

Police said Sunday that they still believe the attack was targeted, but are still not sure where the killer or killers are. The murder weapon was not found.

The Daily Mail reports that authorities have not linked Paddy’s death to the horrific murders, but locals fear there may be a connection between the two incidents.

“Everyone is so nervous and scared. This is awful and sinister,” Pam told the paper. “We let Buddy out and someone must have been waiting there. Bud never leaves the yard but this one caught Fadi.”

Shortly before the dog’s death, 73-year-old Jim found the remains of a rabbit whose scalp and ears had been cut off near the couple’s home.

“His head was completely open and you could see the brain,” he told the news outlet.

The Colberts’ next-door neighbor Clinton Hughes posted a message on Facebook when Buddy was found dead.

“Public Alert in Moscow: This looks like clickbait but it’s not. Last night after 2 am our neighbour’s cute little dog was flogged like a deer,” he wrote on Oct. 22.

“No animal did this. Our dog is bigger, and he was so anxious about the same time that he tore his bed into a thousand pieces. Also, our cat has been missing for the past two days,” Hughes wrote.

He added, “I’m not sure if it’s Halloween-related, and I don’t really care, I’m going to stock up on all my firearms, and I would suggest everyone else in northern Moscow do the same.”

Moscow Police Chief James Frey said investigators reviewed hundreds of tips and interviewed dozens of people to solve the case of the students’ killings.

Many students left home before the Thanksgiving holiday and don’t want to come back, Scott Green, president of the University of Idaho, said at a news conference Sunday.

Police initially said there was no threat to the community after the crime was discovered, but later backtracked and urged people to be vigilant.

The Post has reached out to Moscow police for comment on the animal killings.

The investigation into the brutal murder of four University of Idaho students is slow and painstaking because the killer was “sloppy” and left behind a “mess” of evidence, according to the parents of one of the victims.

Steve and Kristi Goncalves, whose daughter Kylie was one of four students murdered in an off-campus home on November 13, said police told them it would take time to examine the messy crime scene.

“They tell us there’s a lot of evidence that it’s going to take a lot of time to process everything,” Steve Goncalves told Fox News Sunday.

“This did not amount to a specific offense. This person was sloppy.”

The distraught parents said police were unable to confirm if they had DNA from the suspect, but officials set up a mobile unit at the scene of the horrific crime in order to try to “speed things up.”

Her father added that the killer had “made a mess out there, and they’re going to have to go through that point after point.”

During a press conference on Sunday, officials with the Moscow Police Department pleaded for patience as they entered their second week of the quadruple murder investigation.

Police still believe the attack was targeted but have not been able to release more information.

“It was a complex and horrific crime and it will take some time to solve it,” said James Fry, Moscow’s police chief.

This article was originally published by the New York Post and reproduced with permission

Originally published as A nearby resident’s dog was flogged shortly before the University of Idaho murders

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