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Northern Wis. dog dies after being thrown from bridge

DULUTH -- Douglas County authorities are seeking information on whoever threw a dog off the Oliver Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Doberman mix dog, named Bella, was driven to a Duluth animal hospital and later euthanized due to the extent of its injuries.

A Duluth man was fishing under the bridge when he heard a thud and noticed the dog had landed on the shore on the East End of the bridge and began yelping, according to a Douglas County Sheriff's Department report. The fisherman called 911 as other fishermen came to the dog's aid and carried Bella up to the bridge level.

Detective Sgt. Ed Anderson of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department responded to the call at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. He said the dog was still alive when he got to the scene, panting and unable to move its hind legs.

"The poor thing was just looking up at you," he said. The dog appeared friendly and had a pink collar around its neck.

Oliver resident Barb King called the West Duluth Animal Clinic and drove the dog there.

The dog's owners, Rob Middlestadt and Kelly Kishel, had been out of the house Saturday, according to the report. When they returned that evening, they discovered the front door open and the dog missing.

They did not find out until Anderson spoke to them Sunday morning that the dog had died, according to the report. Neither of the owners could think of anyone they had a dispute with who may have hurt the dog.

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