After discovering the bodies of seven hunting dogs dead from gunshot wounds and broken necks, authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina are in search of those responsible.
Charlotte police are investigating what Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue has called a “very gruesome, heartbreaking scene;” a line of seven murdered dogs left on the side of a rural road. Staff from the rescue came to the aid of the Union County Sheriff’s Department in identifying the dogs. However, adding no small amount of difficulty to the case, neither police or animal rescue professionals were able to link the dogs to an owner.
“We took two of the dog’s bodies to Ballantyne Veterinarian Clinic and Dr Humphrey confirmed the gunshot wounds and broken necks,” Positive Impact posted on January 28. “The sheriff’s office & Dr. Humphrey confirmed none of the dogs are microchipped.”
The shelter posted graphic pictures of the dogs on Facebook, along with a short memorial, lending new names to each.
Sophie, Scarlett, Ingrid, Rhett, Clyde, Baker, and Bailey were cremated by nearby Faithful Companion at no charge.
“Every dog will leave this earth with dignity and will have a name,” they wrote. “It is the least that we could do after what some horrible human(s) did to them.”
The Union County Sheriff’s Office is not certain when the dogs were killed, and is asking anyone with information regarding the case to step forward and call the Sheriff’s Office at 704-283-3789 or Crime Stoppers at 704-283-5600.
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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