57 dogs found poisoned and shot to death in mass grave


Mill workers looking for timber on Thursday stumbled upon a scene so gruesome it seems like it could've been straight out of a horror film.

In a forrest within quiet, rural Arkansas, they discovered a mass grave with the bodies of 60 dogs who appeared to have been poisoned, then shot to death.

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Searcy County Sheriff Joey Pruitt ​said that about 57 dogs were found either dead or so severely wounded they had to be euthanized due to their suffering. Three dogs, who were found alive, were taken in for treatment are reportedly fairly healthy.

Although some of the dogs did have protruding ribs, they didn't appear to have been neglected or abused, the sheriff said, and none of them had collars or name tags. "Right now, I'm going to say we don't have any leads that have checked out," Pruitt disclosed Friday evening. %shareLinks-quote="In 25 years of law enforcement, I've never seen anything like this. " type="quote" author="Sheriff Joey Pruitt" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"% Animal lovers and good samaritans alike have jumped at the chance to help any animals that may still be out there. John Magruder, manager of Searcy County Humane Society, has reportedly been on the search for surviving dogs, and has successfully rescued at least four thus far. %shareLinks-quote="I don't really have any words for what it makes me feel like. I've worked with dogs all my life and I love them a whole bunch and I just don't deal well with this, but I'm doing my best so I can save the ones I can." type="quote" author="John Magruder" authordesc="" isquoteoftheday="false"% If you're not in the area but would still like to help the surviving pups, the Searcy County Humane Society is asking for donations to help cover medical costs of the surviving dogs.

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