PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — Officials are seeking the public’s help in finding the parties responsible for the death of a dog and the abandonment of its 10 puppies in Parker County.

A concerned caller reported finding the dog inside a cage with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. The animal had been left in a cage partially on the roadway in the 100 block of Raley Road just off of Veal Station Road, in Springtown.

When animal control officers arrived, they discovered the deceased dog, as well as 10 puppies inside the cage

“These puppies were left defenseless and still nursing on their deceased mother,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said.

The mother was described as a 3-year-old, red shepherd mix with a black muzzle, weighing about 35 pounds. The dogs were placed inside the wire crate, with an egg crate glued to cardboard at the bottom.

In all, seven female and three male puppies, all 7 to 9 days old, were recovered at the scene.

“One of the puppies barely has its eyes open,” said Sheriff’s Animal Control Supervisor Karen Kessler. “They were covered in their mother’s blood from where she had been shot in the top of the head. The exit wound was located on the left side of her neck, leaving a large puddle of blood. The mother was obviously malnourished and should have weighed at least 50 pounds. We also found an empty metal pan inside the crate.”

Sheriff Fowler said the original discovery was made by a Springtown school bus driver on the morning route. The 11 elementary age students on board are not believed to have witnessed the scene.

Anyone with information relating to the case is encouraged to call the Parker County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (817) 594-8845 or the Parker County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (817) 599-5555. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest.

“Parker County does not have an animal problem,” said Sheriff Fowler, “We have a people problem. It’s hard to imagine that someone would be so cruel as to execute any animal, but to kill a dog with nursing babies, and leave such a gory picture, is beyond human imagination.”

The Angels & Outlaws 2nd Chance Bully Ranch in Hico is caring for the puppies. They will be nursed to health before being put up for adoption.

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