The Wall St Journal on Saturday issued a correction to an article that appeared to accuse a Texas family of poisoning their dog after a sneezy episode.
The article by James F. Coughlin, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, included a photo of the family’s dog, who was found dead inside the house.
Finch County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mark Wahlstrom said he had not seen the photo and could not immediately confirm the identity of the dog.
A second person, a neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak to the media, said the dog was the wrong size for the family.
“He was too small for his body weight,” the neighbor said.
“So I don’t know why they did this.”
Coughlins story also mischaracterized the dog’s death and referred to the dog as a “snake bite.”
The Snakes of Austin blog posted the photo of a dog on Friday and tweeted the picture.
Coughlin wrote in his article that the dog had a “very noticeable bite” on his leg and that the bite had caused severe bleeding.
He said that the person who reported the dog to police told authorities that the owner of the home had called 911 to report a possible snake bite, and the snake was not found.
Wahlstrom confirmed to The Wall Streak that the snake had not been found.
He said the family had been notified that the dogs death was being investigated and was cooperating with law enforcement.
The department said in a statement that it was investigating the circumstances surrounding the dog owner’s death.
Texas law requires that a dog be killed if it bites someone.
An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday to determine what caused the dog bite.