Sheriff: Puppies found nursing on dead mother who had been shot in the head

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Angels and Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch in Hico, Texas took in these abandoned puppies after they were found on the side of the road nursing their mother, who had been shot in the head.

SPRINGTOWN, Tex. — Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler says his county doesn’t have an animal problem, it has a people problem following the roadside discovery of 10 abandoned puppies and their dead mother who was shot in the head. FOX affiliate KDFW reports that a reward of $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the animal cruelty case.

A news release from the sheriff’s department states that a school bus driver made the original discovery at about 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday while on route, it’s not believed any children witnessed the scene. Once animal control arrived they found a cage left partially in a roadway, with the puppies inside the cage still nursing their dead mother.

Animal control supervisor Karen Kessler said the mother was a three-year-old, 35 pound red shepherd mix who had given birth to seven male and three female puppies who were about a week old. She said the dogs were deliberately placed inside the wire cage with an egg crate glued to cardboard on the bottom of the kennel.

They were taken in by Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch, where they’ve found two surrogate pit bull mothers that have accepted the puppies for the time being according to a Facebook post.

Sheriff Fowler and his deputies are now focused on finding the suspect or suspects who did this.

“Parker County does not have an animal problem, we have a people problem. 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 recognition,” Sheriff Fowler stated in the news release.

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