Cass County Sheriff investigating animal cruelty, illegal dumping

Last Updated on April 10, 2015 by cassnetwork

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department along with Cass County Animal Control are investigating two reports of animal cruelty in rural Cass County.

Cass County Central Dispatch received a call on April 5, in reference to numerous dead animals in a ditch along the roadside on Cass County Road 800 S near the town of Walton.

Cass County animal control officer Brian Hyder was sent to the location and and discovered eight dogs in a drainage ditch located on the south side of the roadway just east of County Road 1100E. Officer Hyder removed and photographed the animals before transporting the remains to the Cass County Humane Society.

On April 6, the Cass County Central Dispatch received another call of numerous dead animals near the intersection of CR 700 E and 250S. At the CR 700E location, Officer Hyder located another site along the roadway containing five more dogs which were removed and transported to the Cass County Humane Society.

A gunshot wound to the head was determined to be the cause of death for three of the adult dogs found at the first location. The cause of death for the remaining 10 animals is undetermined at this time. All 13 animals were determined to be of the same breed – Blue Tick Hound dogs.

On April 9, Sheriff Randy Pryor requested the criminal investigations division of the Cass County Sheriff’s Department assist Cass County Animal Control with this ongoing investigation.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Department and Cass County Animal Control are asking anyone with information to contact Cass County Central Dispatch at 574-722-6060.

SOURCE: News release from Cass County Sheriff’s Department