Indy shelter asking public to help find person responsible for dumping bodies of 3 dogs in alley

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indianapolis Animal Care Services (IACS) is asking the community to help find the person responsible for dumping the bodies of three dogs in a near east side alley.

The animal shelter says the bodies of pit bull mixes were discovered in the 1300 block of Oakland Ave.

According to IACS, all the dogs were in various states of decomposition and due to the conditions of their bodies, investigators cannot determine the age of the dogs or the cause of death.

“Our concern isn’t just finding out what happened to these dogs,” said Katie Trennepohl, Deputy Director for IACS. “We also want to make sure other animals are not in danger, and that someone is held accountable.”

Karey Spence said she discovered the dogs in the alley and called authorities.

“I smelled something going through that alley and I moved that blanket and I seen a dog’s head,” Spence said. “It’s terrible. How can you just lay a dog on a blanket and have no feeling or a soul?”

IACS confirms one dog was found in a blanket. Another dog was in a case. The third dog was found outside the cage.

“We want everyone to know this is not ok,” said Kristen Lee, public information officer for IACS.  “We do not want to come across animals like this.”

Lee said there are other options for people who feel unable to continue caring for their pets.

“Any time that you feel like you’re looking for help or you can no longer do it, there’s always an alternative,” Lee said. “We are literally here to help the public.”

IACS says the person responsible for the deaths of these dogs could face charges of animal neglect, a class A misdemeanor. He or she could also be cited under several municipal codes including Sec. 531-401, which carries a fine up to $2,500.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-TIPS (8477).