Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Police seek help in animal cruelty case

HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton police are asking for the public's help after two dogs were found shot to death in a dumpster last week.

Officials say the dogs, both female pit bulls, were found on the morning of January 5, 2009, wrapped in a bloody carpet behind the Maaco auto paint and bodyshop in the 800 block of West Pembroke Avenue.

According to police, the dogs had multiple injuries to their front legs, shoulders, necks and heads that were consistent with animal bites. Both dogs had been shot in the head; which was been determined to be the cause of death.

Animal control officers are looking into the possibility that the dogs were used for dog fighting purposes. There have been no arrests.

Anyone with information that will assist police in this investigation are asked to contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers remain anonymous and never appear in court. If a Crime Line call results in an arrest, the caller is eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00.

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