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June 28, Hayti police responded to a call at a vacant lot located on West Lincoln in Hayti, Mo. What they found were seven dogs, three were dead and four seriously injured.

June 28, Hayti police responded to a call at a vacant lot located on West Lincoln. What they found were seven dogs, three were dead and four seriously injured. Credit: Caruthersville Humane Society

Hayti police then contacted Animal Control Officer, Ricky Hooper and the Caruthersville Humane Society.

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Two of the deceased animals had been dead for several days and the third died more recently when choked by a combination of a chain and fence.

The four dogs found alive were taken into custody by the Caruthersville Humane Society and placed in care at the Hayti Animal Shelter where they were receiving medical care and pending further investigation into the case.

“This is a horrible, tragic case of pure animal abuse,” said Karol Wilcox, Humane Investigator and President of the Caruthersville Humane Society. “Had the call not been made or Hayti not responded quickly more of these dogs would most likely have died.”

Over the weekend two of the dogs being held as evidence were stolen from the Hayti Animal Shelter.

“After the theft of the dogs at the Hayti shelter, we returned to the property and found more animals,” said Wilcox.

A pit bull was staked to a tree with no water or food,” said Wilcox. “No one in the neighborhood seemed to know anything and this dog was taken into custody.”

Found dead from strangulation in Hayti, Mo. Credit: Caruthersville Humane Society

Wilcox said that the investigation into the theft of the two dogs is ongoing. The public is asked to keep an eye out for the animals. One dog is a Boxer Mix and the other is a Pit Bull.

“We are very distressed because one of the animals is receiving veterinary care and had puncture wounds all over it. I am even more distressed that the animals are most likely back in the hands of the bad people. It is disturbing that we have found four dead animals so far and these animals were all in pitiful condition,” said Wilcox.

It is a felony in Missouri to steal a dog. The dogs were also being held as live evidence in a criminal investigation.

“We are grateful for the concerned officers at the Hayti Police Department and their animal control officer,” said Wilcox. “They are taking this case very seriously, as are we. We want those responsible brought to justice for this situation. We are gathering money towards a reward and will not stop looking until we figure out what is happening and bring the abusers to justice.”

“A situation like this is not accidental and someone had to see someone on the property. It is obvious people have been there and anyone there would have seen the situation,” said Wilcox.

Persons with information can contact the Hayti Police Department at (573) 359-1259 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or the Humane Society at (573) 333-0100.

To make donations towards the reward or animal care, donors can mail a check to Caruthersville Humane Society, P.O. Box 345, Caruthersville, MO 63830 or make a secure online donation via PayPal atwww.caruthersvillehs.com.

News Link:http://www.examiner.com/article/animal-cruelty-investigation-underway-hayti