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By Miriam Raftery

May 23, 2023 (Jamul) – Is there a serial dog killer in Jamul? The San Diego Sheriff and San Diego County AnimalControlofficer are investigating that chilling possibility.

Two days ago, Jay Mallari, who lives on Montiel Truck Trail off Lawson Valley Road, offered a reward on Next Door to find his four missing dogs. Sadly, another resident posted that the bodies of four dead dogs had been dumped on the corner of West Boundary and Montiel Truck Trail.

Mallari was devastated to learn that the bodies were those of his four rescued dogs, all under two years old.  Each of the bodies had suffered gunshots.

“It was like a murder scene,” Mallari told CBS 8.

This may not be the first time the killer has struck. Mallari’s neighbor, Amber Recklau, says her dog was fatally shot  in the chest in 2019, his body dumped in the same location as Mallari’s dogs, CBS 8 reports. 

Recklau posted on social media, “Serial dog killer in the hood.”

Both Recklau and Mallari said their dogs’ collars were missing. Recklau said she also received two “mean letters” regarding her dogs twice.

Mallari admitted that his dogs had run loose at times, prompting some to levy criticism on social media; one poster said her baby llama was killed by a loose dog in the past.

But most voiced outrage over the slaughter.

One sympathetic neighbor concluded, “We on Montiel Truck Trail do not shoot our neighbors dogs. This is the country and they do manage to find a way to escape. We post that we have or have not seen them. We try to get them back to their families!”  She urged others to “be a good neighbor and don't kill other people’s pets,” adding,” It’s just so wrong to be that evil!!!”




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