By Brandon Mercer

OAKLAND (KPIX) — Death is nothing new on the streets of Oakland–the city had 39 murders last year–and when the deceased walked on four legs, was covered in fur, and had a wagging tail, the death is even less critical. That’s why a carcass of a dead animal was left on the sidewalk for almost a week before being partially picked up by city animal services.

A KPIX 5 viewer sent in a photo of the animal’s body, as he saw it day after day, baking in the sun on the sidewalk just feet away from a group of mailboxes that people used daily. The photo is disturbing, and is including in this separate link.

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It was in front of the U.S. Post Office at 92nd and International in East Oakland, near the mailboxes out front.

Someone appears to have covered the dead animal with a t-shirt.

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Neighbors say it was a stray that got hit by a car.

Oakland Police confirm the dog was reported to animal control on Tuesday, May 6th, and was picked up on May 12th.

When KPIX 5 reporter Brian Webb returned to the scene Tuesday, however, he discovered that animal control workers had not properly picked up the body, leaving a detached tail behind on the sidewalk, and the blood-stained t-shirt that the dog had been covered with.

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Officers told KPIX 5, “We apologize for the delayed response and are working diligently to address staffing shortages at the animal shelter.”