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The bodies of four dead pit bulls have been found in Fairmont Park over the past six weeks.
Pennsylvania SPCA investigators suspect people in illegal dog fighting operations are dumping the dogs. The animal organization has posted a $500 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the dog dumping.
“We’re trying to get the word out there so that people don’t just see them and call sanitation or do nothing,” said Mike Mansfield, the PSPCA’s director of investigation. “We need to know about it so that we can get some evidence off the scene.”
In early August, a park goer discovered two dog bodies laying off a path in the park. Then in September, a dog-walker found fresh blood in the park. The person investigated and found two pit-bull bodies in garbage bags on a bike path.
One of the bodies had severe facial injuries. Also, several bullet casings were found near the bodies, which Mansfield said that indicated the dogs were probably killed where their bodies were dumped.
PSPCA investigators do not think the dog fights were held at the park, but instead the dogs have been dumped at the park after they have been injured or killed in a dog fight.
The Philadelphia police and park rangers are helping PSPCA investigators with the case.
“Dogfighting is a heinous crime and it is our intention to have those responsible prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said the PSPCA’a chief executive, Howard Nelson. “We need the public to help us with this case before more innocent dogs are harmed or killed.”
Source: Philadelphia Daily News