More dogs found dead, sheriff's office investigating

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Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 1/21 5:24 pm Published: 1/21 5:15 pm

Last month, FOX23 reported about four pit bulls dumped on the side of the road in north Tulsa.

Since then, more dogs have been found dead in that area, and now some wonder if they were a part of a dog fighting ring.

Right now it's too early to tell if the dogs found recently were fighting dogs, but FOX23 found out from the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office that some of the dogs found in December showed signs of being abused.

On Tuesday afternoon, FOX23 was there as Tulsa County crews drove down North Yale Avenue near 56th Street North picking up the remains of dead dogs.

Animal advocacy groups say over the past few months that the location has become a dumping ground for unwanted animals.

"Dogs are being dumped down there. And my message to people, and I'm very passionate about this, don't dump your domesticated dog out in the country. Take it to the city shelter," said Lori Hill with the Oklahoma Animal Alliance.

Hill said since four dead pit bulls were found dumped last month, people became vigilant and have been looking for abandoned animals at that location.

One abandoned pit bull was found Monday.

"She looks like she's just had babies. They've probably have sold the babies and couldn't sell her so they had no use for her and dumped her," said Hill.

Some animal advocates fear these animals were a part of a dog fighting ring. The sheriff's office says some of the dogs might be, and they are still investigating, but they warn people not to jump to conclusions.

"Some of these groups get out there and they are looking at these dogs. They are making these phone calls and making these insinuations that they are involved in dog fighting because they are torn apart. Well those animals weren't placed there like that. We know that for a fact," said Maj. Shannon Clark with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

Regardless of whether or not these dogs are abused, it is a crime to abandon or dump your animal.

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DogLover - 1/22/2014 8:28 AM
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This comment is what has me concerned: "Well those animals weren't placed there like that. We know that for a fact". How could they possibly know that??

Rescue mom - 1/22/2014 6:01 AM
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Absolutely pitbull momma!!! You couldn't have said it better! They need to install cameras at this site. This will help them catch these people that are doing this! They need to get to the bottom before more dogs are killed. Sounds like there is an association with dog fighting. This needs to stop and these people need to be persecuted to the fullest extent!

PitbullMomma - 1/22/2014 4:06 AM
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I resent the statement "Regardless if these dogs were abused, it's a crime to dump an unwanted animal" That says it ALL, NOBODY THINKS ABUSED ANIMALS IS A CRIME!!! It Should have read: Regardless where they dump the dogs, Animal Cruelty and Abuse is against the Law"!! It is that mentality that allows this to continually go on!! THIS HAS BECOME AN EPIDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY and WE have to be their VOICE, This has to STOP! We need stronger, ENFORCED laws against anyone caught abusing an animal, This is NOT just about Pitbulls, although they suffer the most, it's about your Family pet being stolen from your yard and tossed into a "PIT OF HELL" and being torn to pieces or horribly disfigured, maimed for life IF they survive, then dumped somewhere and left to di, because these people only see them as "BAIT". The Pitbulls too, are forced to fight, and those with gentle souls that refused are then beaten and maimed. It's about the "BLOOD SPORT", people who enjoy this and see it as entertainment are a sicknesses on society, who go on to commit Child abuse and other atrocities. We have to make a stand for what's right and speak out against this kind of cruelty, be a VOICE for the victims of Dog-Fighting and any neglect or abuse!!! It starts by changing the views the world takes on Animal Abuse, CHANGING THE LAWS, ENFORCING THE LAWS!!!
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