The Beast of Bladenboro of North Carolina is a bit different type of case when it comes to cryptids and Crypto zoology. In this particular case the animal was responsible for a string of livestock and pet deaths in the 1953 to 1954 time range. However, no one knows precisely what creature is responsible. Many believe it could be a deranged cougar, bobcat, bear or possible dog.
29 December, 1953 several witnesses reported to the Chief of Police, Roy Flores, as seeing a sleek black creature about five feet in length. On 31 December, two dogs were ripped apart and crushed near their kennels owned by Johnny Vause. The next night two more dogs belonging to Woody Storm were found in the same condition. The following night another dead dog was found by Gray Callahan. On 3 January 1954 two more dogs were found dead, and an autopsy showed there was no blood remaining in the bodies. The jaw of one dog was smashed and the ear of the other was chewed off. This was followed in the following days with reported deaths of other animals such as cows, goats, hogs, rabbits, and more dogs.
Several hunts for the creature was performed by the local residents. The first night of the hunt on 5 January 1954 five hundred participants, and the following night eight hundred residents joined the search. Reports of the creature put the animal approximately twenty inches high with a long tail that was about 14 inches in length. It had the face of a cat, but was much larger than anything previously seen in the area. The weight was estimated as being about one hundred and fifty pounds.
Eventually, the killings stopped. However, it appears that the beast or one of its posterity returned in 2007. Lexington, North Carolina farmers Glenda and Bruce Floyd reported sixty of their goats were found dead with all of the blood drained from their bodies. Some thirty miles to the north in Greensboro a goat farmer, Billy Yow reported his goats were found dead with the throats ripped out and bodies mutilated. In the following weeks ten more gruesome dog deaths were reported near the roads Brown, Midway, and Rutland in Brunswick County. Four and one half inch tracks were found nearby that matching the tracks found in 1954.
Whatever this creature is, it sure seems bent on killing dogs.