By Heather Abraham

MCKEESPORT (KDKA) – The bodies of several dead dogs were found at an abandoned home in McKeesport Sunday.

Animal Control officers were called out after neighbors started complaining of a strange smell coming from the garage.

However, it’s not the first time there have been complaints about the home.

The bodies of three dogs were left in the garage of an abandoned house in McKeesport since at least August. That’s when the Humane Society first investigated the deaths.

However, even at that point, the bodies were so badly decomposed that nothing could be done.

Western Pennsylvania Humane Society Officer Cathy Bricker at the Fallen Timber Shelter said while it’s a morbid detail to discuss, because there was no evidence to collect and the bodies were mummified, the officer was not responsible for removing them.

So when a neighbor called Animal Control officers over the weekend because of the smell, it was quickly determined that the three dogs in the garage were the same carcasses discovered over the summer, in an even worse state.

“I don’t think there was any understanding of who was going to remove the dogs at that time,” McKeesport Dog Enforcement Officer Kenneth Ferree said. “We are removing them now obviously from complaints from the neighbors and the police had ordered them to be removed.”

One dog appeared to be a Rottweiler mix, the other two were unidentified.

While Animal Control officers believe the dogs may have been randomly dumped, it was noted that one had bite marks on the neck and clipped ears, leading some to believe the end was a sinister one.

“It’s devastating. My heart breaks for the dogs that are being killed one way or another,” one man said.

The Humane Society will reopen the investigation if any new evidence appears.


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