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Decomposing dogs found near homes in Springfield

5 years ago September 02, 2010 Sep 2, 2010 Thursday, September 02 2010 Thursday, September 02, 2010 4:42:19 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Rob Krieger

The remains of a large dog dumped on the side of Hutchinson CC Road in Springfield has residents cringing. Animal advocates said they think it could be the victim of a dog fighting ring.

"To me, I would be concerned that it was a bait dog that was somehow injured and killed that they didn't want to dispose of it either at their vet or in their home trash, for fear that it would be discovered what had happened to the dog," said Terri Dunlap with the SPCA of Livingston.

As if finding one decomposing dog along the road wasn't disturbing enough, the folks from the SPCA of Livingston continued searching the road Thursday morning and found another dog in a much more shocking circumstance.

"Obviously a dog that's been tethered by some sort of a rope looks like it had been thrown from a vehicle or dumped on the sign of the road, possibly has been dead for about a week by the condition of the body," said Dunlap.

Still, residents said finding animal carcasses on the side of the road is nothing new.

"I've lived back here five years, and this is an ongoing problem. It's a dumping ground, dead, live, puppies, dogs, cats, kittens. It's really a crisis," said Valli Harry, who lives just a few blocks away from one of the dump sites.

The SPCA of Livingston plans on continuing to search for clues on who is dumping dogs, in hopes of ending the sickening practice.

"It's horrific when you see something like that. The dog was thrown away like it was complete trash. There is no humanity in what you see here," said Dunlap.

If you'd like to help the group with adoptions or fostering, visit www.livingstonspca.com.

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