Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating the discovery of several dead dogs. The animals were discovered last night at 6:30 along the shore of Cedar Lake. The carcasses of at least two older dogs and two puppies were wrapped in separate plastic bags. Police Sergeant Cristy Hamblin says the remains were taken to the city animal shelter for examination.
"Right now, we don’t even know how the dogs died, whether there was foul play involved or if they died of disease or natural causes" Hamblin said. At least one of the dogs was wearing a collar, but Hamblin wasn’t sure if there was a tag attached. She says police are hoping to find some piece of evidence that will lead them to the owners of the dogs.
"Right now, we don’t have any charges filed because we don’t know what the dogs died of," Hamblin said. Animal control officers said advanced decomposition made it impossible to immediately determine the dogs’ breed or gender, or even exactly how many dogs might be in the bags.