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WARREN TWP., Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an area in Warren Township where the carcasses of puppies and some adult dogs have been dumped. Investigators believe the dumpings have been going on for at least a few years.
The animals were discovered along 8th Street in the township. Authorities discovered eight to 10 dogs in the wooded, swampy area. The dogs were all in various stages of decomposition, and some had collars.
Some neighbors in the area say they are sickened by the gruesome discovery.
“That’s a disgrace, you know what I mean? If your dog passes away for, you know, some odd reason, at least have the decency to bury it, not take it down a side road and just throw it off to the side road,” said Shane Young.
Right now, investigators are trying to determine if a crime was committed.
“We’re trying to really ask the public if they know anything about this so we can try to… stop what’s taking place,” said Greg Miller, a humane officer with the Trumbull Animal Cruelty Task Force.
Miller said the dogs appear to be emaciated, which suggests an animal cruelty crime occurred. The investigation is being handled as such, at this point.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Detective Jolene Marcello said it doesn’t appear that the dogs were used for dog fighting.
“They do have some… stuff on their paws and stuff like that, like blood on their paws, but it doesn’t appear that they’re fighting,” she said.
Investigators are asking anyone who may have any information to give the Trumbull Animal Cruelty Task Force a call at 330-501-7536.