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MERCER COUNTY -

After 9 pit bull puppies were found dead in Bluefield, West Virginia, the Humane Society of the United States has offered $5,000 for information on the suspect.

On Friday, April 26th 6 dog food bags were found on a dirt road in the Ridge Mont area of Bluefield, West Virginia.

The next day, 9 pit bull puppies were found inside the bags. Neighbors called the Animal Control Officer who first came just to inspect them. When she left, the neighbors moved the bags filled with the puppies up the road and buried them.

But the Animal Control Officer came back again, this time, she was ordered to dig up all 9 puppies. The Animal Control Officer then sent the puppies to Virginia Tech's School of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy, an autopsy for animals.

The Mercer County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney said until the cause of death is revealed, this case can't be deemed a violent crime.

"This is still an ongoing investigation and we haven't determined that there has been cruelty. Until we have those reports back from Virginia Tech, I can't tell you that there has been cruelty in this matter," said Assistant Prosecuting Attorney McGinnis.

But Neighbor Pete Brooks thinks differently. He told 59 News why he believes there's a direct connection between the pit bull puppies' deaths and the city of Bluefield's new ban on them.

"I just think they were breeding the dogs and this is a way to get rid of them instead of turning them in. Why they would do that, I don't know, but it seems to me the ban has something to do with it," neighbor Pete Brooks.

If you have any information on this crime you're asked to call the Mercer County Sheriff's Department at (304) 487-8364.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for killing more than 10 pit bull puppies and discarding their bodies in Princeton, W. V.

Under West Virginia state law, if an investigation uncovers that the puppies were killed, those responsible could face felony cruelty to animal charges and one to five years in a state penitentiary.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department and Mercer County animal control officers are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call (304) 487-8364.

59 News reporter Jessie Gavin is tracking down this story and it will air tonight at 5 and 6 p.m.