UPDATE: Reward Offered in Lincoln Co. Animal Cruelty Case; Six Dogs Shot

By: Bill Murray, WSAZ News Staff Email
By: Bill Murray, WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 10/24/12
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting and killing six dogs in a secluded area of Lincoln County, W.Va., according to a press release.

Earlier this month, the dogs were found by hunters scoping the mountaintop near Sulfur Springs and Route 3 during archery season.

"It's heartbreaking," Cindy Vance said. "There's evidence these dogs were dragged up here. It was shot; all the puppies were shot. There was a tote with blood, and they came back and stuck around."

“I can’t imagine what pain these dogs must have suffered at the hands of their abuser or abusers,” said Summer Wyatt, The HSUS’ West Virginia State Director. “We hope our reward helps bring justice for these six victims.”

"It looks like at least one of the dogs was dragged up here," Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Huffman said. "There were lacerations around the neck from where the rope was tight. You could see where they couldn't get the rope off, so they cut it."

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department is investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 304-824-7990.



UPDATE 10/12/12
LINCOLN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Six dogs are dead in Lincoln County, and the humane officer is trying to track down who's responsible.

"It's heartbreaking," Cindy Vance said. "There's evidence these dogs were dragged up here. It was shot; all the puppies were shot. There was a tote with blood, and they came back and stuck around."

The dogs were found by hunters scoping the mountaintop during archery season. Located near power lines, all six small dogs were dead.

"It looks like at least one of the dogs was dragged up here," Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Huffman said. "There were lacerations around the neck from where the rope was tight. You could see where they couldn't get the rope off, so they cut it."

Investigators are hoping anyone who may have noticed something unusual near Sulfur Springs and W.Va. Route 3 in Lincoln County to give them a call.

"This is something that shouldn't be ignored," Vance said. "This is an act of violence. If they can do this to animals, they can do this to anyone else given the chance."


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