Parker County Sheriff’s Animal Control Division and Sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division investigators are seeking the public’s assistance with identifying and locating the suspect(s) involved in an animal cruelty case.
A concerned citizen called the Sheriff’s Communications Center Wednesday morning just after 6:30 a.m., reporting a dog inside of a cage, which had an apparent gunshot wound to the head and had been left with the cage partially in the roadway in the 100 block of Raley Road just off of Veal Station Road, in Springtown.
Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said the worst part of the call came when animal control officers arrived and discovered the deceased dog had 10 puppies abandoned inside of the kennel with their deceased mother.
“These puppies were left defenseless and still nursing on their deceased mother,” Fowler said.
Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler said the mother dog was described as a 3-year-old, red shepherd mix with a black muzzle, weighing about 35 pounds.
Kessler added the dogs were deliberately placed inside a wire dog kennel, with an egg crate glued to cardboard which was placed in the bottom of the kennel.
“There are currently seven female and three male puppies, approximately 7-9 days old,” Kessler said. “One of the puppies barely has its eyes open. They were covered in their mother’s blood from where she had been shot in the top of the head. The exit wound was located on the left side of her neck, leaving a large puddle of blood. The mother was obviously malnourished and should have weighed at least 50 pounds. We also found an empty metal pan inside the crate.”
Sheriff Fowler said a Springtown bus driver originally discovered the dog and puppies while on the morning route. There were 11 elementary school children on board at the time, who are believed not to have witnessed the scene.