Update Nov. 27: The 11 small animals found dead and skinned near Lower Macungie's Quarry Park have now been tentatively identified as foxes because of their teeth. Further testing is needed to be sure.
2:30 p.m. Monday Update: New information indicates the puppies were skinned, not shaved as originally reported.
An atrocious discovery near a Lower Macungie park marks the latest of animal cruelty cases in the Lehigh Valley this year.
Eleven puppies were found dead with some partially inside a plastic bag off Quarry Road near Quarry Park around 4 p.m. Friday, according to state police.
Police are investigating and ask anyone with information to call 610-395-1438.
The puppy case may be connected to another disturbing incident in which a dog was found along Route 863 in Lynn Township in western Lehigh County earlier this month, WFMZ reports. The dog appeared to have been skinned and cooked.
The Lehigh Valley Pitbull Awareness Club is offering a reward for information about the puppy case. The club posted a notice of a $100 reward on its Facebook page and is accepting donations to increase the amount.
Cases of animal cruelty and neglect in the Valley this year include:
- A dog found dumped in a ditch in South Whitehall in July
- Fifteen neglected and wounded horses left in a field in Plainfield Township, Northampton County, in July. One of the horses was pregnant with twins, which did not survive.
- A dog shot to death in Lower Saucon Township in June.
Also, in Chester County, a dog was found burning inside a cage in September.