Lower Macungie, PA — Animal welfare investigators are seeking clues in the skinning of 11 puppies whose bodies were found stuffed in a bag left in a ditch in eastern Pennsylvania.
The discovery was made Friday in Lower Macungie, about 20 miles from Lynn Township, where another animal carcass was found skinned and cooked with its feet cut off just days earlier. There was also a rope tied around its right rear leg.
Bruce Fritch, board president of the Lehigh County Humane Society, which is investigating the crime, said, “It’s just heinous.”
A black plastic sack containing the skinless puppy bodies was found by a woman walking her dog near a park in the town.
The puppies appeared to be no more than two weeks old. The only hair left on their bodies was on their paws. Fritch said it was such a small amount that investigators were unable to determine the color.
The bodies were taken to a veterinary hospital, where experts tried to determine the cause of death.
Fritch said, “It’s terrible. Hopefully, someone saw something and will come forward.”
Investigators were conducting DNA tests to determine whether the animal found in Lynnport was a dog, coyote, or another animal.
Troopers said they were dispatched to Lynn Township after the animal’s carcass was discovered along Route 863.
Investigators believe the animal was killed sometime between Wednesday, November 14 and Sunday, November 18.
State troopers have classified the case as animal cruelty, and are asking for the public’s help in find the person or people responsible.