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Bag of Dead Puppies Latest in Lehigh Valley Animal Cruelty and Neglect

Police are investigating the discovery of 11 dead puppies that were also skinned in Lehigh County.

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.

Original report:

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.

jackson black November 26, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Calm down people...they are only animals...would all of you be this upset if it was a person in a bag? No...
Eleuterio Flores November 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Well No this is Unexceptable Puppys or human Fk a human humans can commit SIN puppys Dont No matter what you do to an animal it will show geniuine love so if it was a human or not these fkers should pay!!! For what they Did Seriously!!!!!!
Barbara Scherer November 26, 2012 at 08:38 PM
What do you mean by the statement "they are only animals" Mr Black? Animals are special to so many people and deserve proper treatment. Of course all of us would be upset if it was a person. Are you kidding me? Might you be one of the perpetrators of these insults on animals?
Allan Bach November 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'm surprised nobody posted about satanic rituals using the skinning of dogs. A simple Google search will give hits from around the country about this rite. I do think, though, that if the cowards are caught, they will get a slap on the hand, a small fine, and a night or two of headlines, then go free to commit this again.
Diane Davison November 26, 2012 at 08:54 PM
What does this mean? That we can only feel compassion towards our own species? Can you really be so heartless?
Jeff Lotte November 26, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Good point Allan, if anybody does find out who did this, the best thing to do is plaster their names and addresses all over the net. Don't call the cops because then they will not pay for their crimes. Let them call the cops after someone punishes them......if they still can!
Jo November 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM
not dogs, foxes, skinned for their fur..... how many of you have fur coats?
Diane Acker November 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
How can you even say that, when you have a pet it's not just an animal, they're part of our hearts and families, I agree with Barbara and Diane, they do deserve lots of love, respect and protection. You are heartless person Mr. Black, I really hope you don't own an animal, I CAN TELL HOW MUCH YOU WOULD LOVE IT!
Elizabeth Torres November 26, 2012 at 11:29 PM
This is so disturbing right now to know this is happening.g that it sends chills down my spine! Is this going to be a punishment like a simple D.U.I. case..3 months in jail and a $1,000. fine? Allan is right. Someone needs to do something not allow this to happen again to these poor creatures! I am an owner of 3 beautiful dogs who are my life and I refuse anyone to harm my dogs!! An example need to be made out of these "MONSTERS!!! I WILL NOT VOTE EVER AGAIN IF SOMEONE DOES NOT PUNISH THESE BASTARDS! WE THE PEOPLE VOTED THOSE INTO OFFICE NOT TO SIT AROUND N DO NOTHING..."NOW DO YOUR JOB"!! IF "PETA" IS PLANNING A WALK OR FUNDRAISER AGAINST THIS PLEASE CONTACT ME A.S.A.P. @ bettyboop82611@Gmail.com Thank you for your cooperation to this matter. SINCERELY ELIZABETH "ANGRY" TORRES. >:€
Nazaretti November 27, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Ms. Torres, Apparently they were foxes not dogs. Does that change your mind?
Walter November 27, 2012 at 01:00 AM
So the sensationalized Bag O’ Dead Puppies saga comes to an end.
tamarya November 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Probably not many, because they are expensive. And foxes are not pets, they are little rabid animals that run around and could attack us or our children.
tamarya November 27, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Cute, but not something I would want hanging around with kids that play outside.
Allan Bach November 27, 2012 at 02:59 AM
This makes me wonder about the quality of reporting I read in newspapers. Someone jumped to a conclusion about puppies without a full investigation. I wonder what else I read that is not fully explained (Health care, fiscal cliff, Casins leading to lower taxes, lottery helping seniors, Bethlehem nneds 8.5% tax increase to meet budget, schools need more money, etc.)
Bob Linney November 27, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Walter, Walter, are you forgetting about PA littering laws? There's a $300 fine for such hideous infractions. We have to put a stop to these multiparous ANAMALS!!!
jane brooks November 27, 2012 at 08:18 AM
They said the animals are foxes. I still don't get it. How could this be done to any animal???? It is suppose to be legal to hunt foxes. Just plain sad.
Sunday November 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM
How sad that you have never felt the love an animal (beloved pet) can give... because if you had ever experienced this, your heart would be bursting with compassion right now:(
Mariella Savidge November 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Allan, as an explanation -- not an excuse -- everyone reported the best information they had as soon as they had it. The state police report said dogs, so everybody went with dogs. But as soon as Monday's testing revealed they were not dogs and are probably foxes, that was reported to you, too. It's a developing story. Nobody is reporting wrong information. We expect more information today.
Mrs. Mangione November 27, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Foxes are legal to harvest with a fur taker's license. HOWEVER, to dispose of the carcass in such matter IS quite disturbing! Come on people, if taking furs is your forté, be responsible! I also want to say that the original puppy headline made me sick, puppies are family pets. Foxes are small game and are population controlled by hunters with strict limits (assuming the laws are followed) IF they were harvested illegally, the game warden in this area will not have mercy.
tamarya November 27, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Foxes are usually trapped and killed also, they fall into the category like racoons and skunks, usually unwanted animals and possible rabies threat. But to have 11 of them at one shot usually don't happen and to drop them at a park, where not only children, but anyone can find them is wrong.
tamarya November 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
But your right, going on your last sentence they probably won't have mercy because if you report to have one trapped on your property, it is trapped and killed.
tamarya November 27, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Sometimes wonder though if they were foxes or if they claim they were to calm the uproar. I know you would only know what info the police give you, but seen on another site that you would think that the difference could be identified immediatly by someone that is familiar with wildlife, and like I said with most cruelty cases it is nothing more than a fine, so someone getting fined for doing something as disgusting as this would really cause an uproar if they would say they were dogs, which it should. And people would really be dissappointed with the agencies protecting animals, so who knows what to believe.
Carl Stevenson November 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Walter, You can't reason with the PETA wackos, tree-huggers, and fanatical vegans. To them, animals are, perversely, more important than people and it makes them "feel good about themselves" to be "better" than us "barbarians" who engage in such "primitive" activities as raising farm animals for food, hunting, and eating meat. They are (choose to be) ignorant of the facts surrounding animal husbandry or wildlife management. They ignore the fact that hunters spend billions of dollars every year on wildlife conservation and are the primary means of support for the overwhelming majority of conservation efforts, government and private. Wildlife control is necessary for the good of both humans and the wildlife. WIthout sufficient natural enemies, without hunting/trapping, most species will overpopulate to the point where there will be a huge die-off due to starvation and/or disease. Most of those folks won't "get it" unless/until their pets start disappearing and/or their children are bitten (or worse) by foxes, coyotes, etc. Foxes, coyotes, skunks, groundhogs, cats, and bats are rabies vector species ... and the series of shots required if bitten or scratched by one is NOT pleasant and is very expensive, but necessary since rabies is virtually 100% fatal once contracted. Rabies also spreads more readily when the vector species populations get too large because of insufficient controls, adversely affecting the animal population as well as the human population.
Carl Stevenson November 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Anyone who caught 11 foxes knew what they were doing because they're not easy to get. If they deliberately disposed of them by the park where they were found, they violated the law regarding disposal of the carcasses. However, it's entirely likely that they were disposed of elsewhere and some other hungry critter (maybe even someone's family dog that they let roam freely) fished them out of the trash or dug them up and dragged them to where they are found. More below on "the horrors of hunting/trapping" for the benefit of all who care to actually base their reaction on facts rather than fuzzy-feel-good emotionalism.
Allan Bach November 27, 2012 at 11:53 PM
You're missing my point. I refer to the source - in this case you tell me it is the State police - as reporting incorrect information. It does bother me when anyone reports anything before knowing the truth. This story got a lot of people angry enough to write about shooting, hanging, and killing the people who are guilty of this act.
Walter November 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM
And stir up controversy and speculation like “satanic rituals using the skinning of dogs”.
Carl Stevenson November 28, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Jane, You want your kids attacked by rabid foxes, coyotes, raccoons, etc.? They have to be controlled or they overpopulated and starve or disease spreads, thn they look for food (pets, kids, etc.) or because they get rabies. Hunters/trappers control the population (at no cost to public), and spend huge amounts of money each of dollars a year in license fees that are the primary source of support for wildlife conservation. They also, through organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, The Wild Turkey Federation, and many others, donate millions more to wildlife preservation and wild lands preserves. Wildlife would be scarcer and far worse off without hunters.
Carl Stevenson December 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Yes, if you advocate punishment for a legal and scientifically sound means of wildlife management, please do NOT vote. We don't want the kind of tyrannical control freaks you'd clearly elect.
Carl Stevenson December 04, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Mariella, But "puppies" made such a grabber of a headline! All the better to capture attention and get the wacko leftists all fired up. Didn't they teach you in "journalism" school that's what's important? /sarcasm off/
John Shoaf January 16, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Hey black! you must be the stinking coward who did this. You need to be locked up with some real men and they should be told who you are and what you did. I hope you do not own a gun. You are the type of person that should be barred from ever owning a weopon!

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