Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 29, 2013

10 or more dead pit bull puppies found dumped near Bluefield


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Mercer County Animal Control officers are now investigating more than 10 dead pit bull puppies that were found in the Grassy Branch Road area near Bluefield.

A property owner saw bags being thrown from a vehicle Friday and called Mercer 911 Sunday because he smelled an odor, said Animal Control Officer Tracy Monninger, who works at the Mercer County Animal Shelter. Monninger said she did not go to the scene, but another person she supervises, Animal Control Officer Elizabeth Morehead, was dispatched.

“There were a few bags, and a couple in each bag,” Monninger said.

The puppies were decomposing, but Morehead could tell by their heads what type they were, Monninger said. The bags may have held up to 13 pups, but their state of decay made it difficult to determine how many had been dumped.

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