An animal shelter says more than 60 adult mixed-breed dogs were found dead or severely injured, strewn around an area in the deep woods of northern Arkansas, according to the New York Times.
One of the surviving dogs appeared to have been a pet, but others cowered when in contact with humans, according to reports.
The other dogs appeared to have been dead for two or three days when discovered by men visiting the area for timber business. The dogs who were found dead had eaten hot dogs stuffed with sleeping pills and been shot with a .22 rifle, officials said.
Five dogs who were still alive were later euthanized due to the severity of their injuries, according to the report.
Four other dogs are being cared for by the Searcy County Humane Society and were not yet ready to be adopted out, but donations were being solicited for the case.
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