UPDATE 11/26/12: Although it will take several weeks to confirm through DNA samples the species of the 11 animals found, it is now believed they may actually be foxes. Their eye sockets and teeth appear to be more like foxes than puppies. Fox hunting is legal from October through February in PA, but legitimate hunters would have properly disposed of their remains. The fact that they were left by the park remains unclear.
LOWER MACUNGIE TWP., PA - A very disturbing discovery was made on Friday when police were called to investigate a report of suspected animal cruelty.
Eleven dead puppies were found on the side of the road near Lower Macungie Park, some partially in a plastic bag. Their fur had been removed.
Police did not indicate the breed or ages of the dogs, except to say they were young.
This past week an animal, possibly a dog or coyote was found skinned, cooked, and with its paws cut off in a heavily-wooded stretch of Route 863 near Lynnport. DNA and hair samples were sent to a lab for testing, and a necropsy is being performed on the animal. Click here to read this story.
This is about 20 miles from where these puppies were found. It is now believed that these two incidents may be related.
State police are urging anyone with information about this horrific act of cruelty to call the Fogelsville barracks at (610) 395-1438.
According to the Morning Call, a reward fund has been started for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person/persons responsible for these horrific acts. Anyone interested in pledging money toward the reward can contact the Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club at 484-764-7779, firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the club's Facebook page.
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