On Friday, March 29, Lesley Patek, shelter guardian for the Forrest O. Triplett animal shelter in Chillicothe, received a call regarding two dogs that had been found in a black trash bag in a creek along a County Road LIV 232, just east of town.
The dogs — determined to be a mother and pup — were discovered by individuals who were cleaning up trash from the creek.
The mother dog, Patek said, was brown and white and weighed about 50 pounds. The puppy was grey and white, approximately 8 months old. Visual signs indicated that the dogs had experienced severe trauma (perhaps being hit over the head with an object), and then bagged, and dropped from a bridge going over the creek. Patek speculated that the dogs had not been dead very long by the time she arrived around 5:30 p.m. the day of the call. The sheriff's office was notified of the incident and photographs were taken.
Authorities have no leads regarding this incident. Patek encourages anyone with information to contact her at 646-1006. Sources will be kept confidential.
Animal abuse could lead to serious ramifications, Patek cautioned. “When you have something that is alive and then it is found dead, that is abuse.”
Incidents such as this are not common, she said; however, she stated that she has found baby kittens in trash bags, and deceased puppies in ditches in the past.
“It makes me want to lose faith with people,” she said.