A dog, still nursing her puppies, was shot in the head in Parker County, Texas. The authorities are on the hunt to find the person who killed the mother dog and apparently left her dead body in a kennel with ten infant nurslings that appear to be less than two-weeks old.
A school bus driver alerted the authorities after finding the kennel on the side of Raley Road, not far from Veal Station Road. Sheriff Larry Fowler told Fox affiliate SDFW, “These puppies were left defenseless and still nursing on their deceased mother.”
All ten puppies are now in the care of the Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch. The animal charity said on its Facebook page that two surrogate pit bulls are now nursing the puppies until they are old enough to put up for adoption. A spokesperson for Angels & Outlaws Second Chance Bully Ranch explained Thursday, “So far the two surrogate momma dogs have accepted them. But it is still early so prayers are needed.”
Some items and volunteer efforts are still needed for the puppies, a Facebook post on the organization’s page explained:
“They were found in Weatherford on the side of the road in a cage their mother was in the cage with them and she had been shot in the head. They were nursing on their dead Momma. We need blankets and sheets and bottles and milk! And if anyone would like to help bottle feed these babies please let me know!!”
“Parker County does not have an animal problem,” Fowler explained. “We have a people problem. It’s hard to imagine that someone would be so cruel as to execute any animal. But to kill a dog with nursing babies and leave such a gory picture is beyond human imagination.”
Fowler hopes the public can help find whoever is responsible for killing the mother dog. The dog was a red shepherd mix and had a black muzzle. She was estimated to be about three-years-old. She weighed only 35 pounds, which was about 15 pounds underweight for her size and age, indicating the nursing mother was neglected before she was killed.
The police have released a description of the kennel in an attempt to find someone who can offer information about where the murdered dogs and her nursing puppies came from. The kennel was made of metal wire and has a bed liner made from foam egg crate glued to a cardboard display board. Police are welcoming any anonymous tips and there is a reward for information that leads to an animal cruelty arrest and indictment. Anyone who may have information about the dog who was shot in the head and placed in a crate with her nursing puppies is asked to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-8845 or Parker County Crime Stoppers at 817-599-5555.