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Parker County authorities looking for culprit who shot mother dog and left pups

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Ten puppies, who hardly have been alive enough days to open their tiny eyes, were discovered abandoned in a crate on the side of a rural Springtown road in Parker County, Texas reported Wednesday's DallasNews.

Tragically, the story gets even sadder; the mother dog was sprawled out in the crate with the puppies. She had been shot in the head and died; the puppies were found desperately trying to nurse and stay warm.

Jennifer Aikman, the founder of Angels and Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch, a no-kill facility in Hico, found out about the puppies from a Facebook message and drove to Weatherford to pick them up. A school bus driver found them earlier that morning on the 100 block of Raley Road.

According to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, the mother dog was a three-year-old malnourished red German shepherd and heeler mix. The ten puppies, believed to be between one week and ten days old, barely could open their eyes.

"It's hard to imagine that someone would be so cruel as to execute any animal, but to kill a dog with nursing babies, and leave such a gory picture, is beyond human imagination," stated Sheriff Fowler.

The Facebook page of Angels and Outlaws posted an update on the puppies Wednesday evening. Two surrogate canine moms had accepted the little ones, and it is hoped the puppies will survive.

If you would like to help this organization with the puppies, please click here.

Once the puppies are old enough, they will be available for adoption.

The Parker County Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the dog and the owner. Animal cruelty charges are possible. Please call (817)-594-8845 or Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (817)-599-5555. A reward is being offered.

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