Maries County, Mo. - Animal advocates are outraged and raising reward money to catch someone they say abused animals. Advocates from the Pulaski County Humane Society say someone beat eight puppies to death. A neighbor found the bodies of the puppies in rural Dixon near the Pulaski and Maries County line.
Volunteers are putting up reward posters offering up to $700 dollars for information leading to an arrest and conviction. “I looked over into the bushes,” neighbor Diane Shultz said. “I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The puppies looked like they had been stomped on or had been beaten with an instrument.”
Shultz took pictures of the puppies to send to law enforcement and the humane society. The pictures quickly spread across social networking sites outraging many who clicked including the president of the Pulaski County Humane Society. "It's a pretty violent thing to do and then put there for the public to see. It goes beyond somebody just trying to get rid of a litter of puppies," Pulaski County Humane Society President Kim Fuhr said. "It was obvious they had been beaten in the head. That's a horrible death."
Fuhr hopes the person responsible is charged with animal abuse and improper disposal of an animal. "It's a concern to me because anyone that can prey on something that is innocent and can't speak for themselves, people like that I feel will stop at nothing," Fuhr said.
This isn't the first time animals were dumped on Maries County Road 623 to die. Last year around the same time of year, Shultz discovered two puppies. She was able to find them homes. "I say lets take this to the fullest extent," Shultz said. "To me this is outright cruelty when there are people out here that would be more than willing to give a home to these little babies opposed to the demise that they met.
Another neighbor told KSPR News she will bury the puppies to give them a final resting place. Anyone with information is asked to call the Maries County Sheriff's Office.